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Windows 7: User Account Control and white list?

15 Dec 2014   #11
Hans L

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
The first one I posted can only be used by an administrator, and the second one can be setup by an administrator for standard users (anyone) can use.
We have three, not two:

1. Stop Annoying UAC Prompts - How To Create A User Account Control Whitelist [Windows]

2. Elevated Program Shortcut without UAC Prompt - Create

3. Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User

What are the relationships between them? (I could read them, but there may be slight differences that I may not notice during a readthrough.)

Let me bring up one more issue that may be important. I read that even if you are alone on the computer, you should have one Admin account and one User account. Is that necessary, and will it complicate things (during the many updates I do during a week)? And dare I complicate things by asking, what should I use (of 1,2,3) if I have

- Admin and User account

- Only Admin account (which is what I have today).

Again, sorry for complicating things, but I am on a quest of trying to really learn these things once and for all (until Win 10, that is :-)

Thank you!

Hans L


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15 Dec 2014   #12
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It's no problem at all.

I was referring to only the ones I posted. #1 in your list is the same as #2, but #2 is more thorough and from here. Otherwise, the main difference is what I posted between #1/#2 and #3.

Personally, I'd just use your usual administrator account. There's no need to also use a standard user account unless you wanted to use it for everyday usage instead of your administrator account for better security since a standard account can not do anything that affects the system without having to provide an administrator's password via UAC prompt first.
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15 Dec 2014   #13
Hans L

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
It's no problem at all.

I was referring to only the ones I posted. #1 in your list is the same as #2, but #2 is more thorough and from here. Otherwise, the main difference is what I posted between #1/#2 and #3.

Personally, I'd just use your usual administrator account. There's no need to also use a standard user account unless you wanted to use it for everyday usage instead of your administrator account for better security since a standard account can not do anything that affects the system without having to provide an administrator's password via UAC prompt first.
Okay, Brink, so it would be safer to be a User, but it is more complicated. I'll stay with what I have, and I will use #2.

Thank you!

Hans L
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15 Dec 2014   #14
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome.
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16 Dec 2014   #15
Hans L

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Before I get started with the procedures provided here, let me just ask one more thing.

I have one user account, and it is, say, "N.N. Administrator Password protected". So, I am always logged in as administrator. Still, in one app that I have (Keyboard Layout Manager, KLM, very good!!!), I had to right-click on the shortcut and, in the shortcut menu, click on "Run as administrator" before I could use it correctly. How come?

Hans L
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16 Dec 2014   #16
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Since Vista, administrators run unelevated by default unlike in XP. Anything that requires elevation must be "Run as administrator" to do so, then you may be prompted by UAC (User Account Control) to approve first.

This was done to provide better security. By default, nothing can run elevated without you getting a UAC prompt to approve first.

Using the instructions to create an elevated shortcut bypasses this by providing the built-in elevated Administrator account's credentials to run it with that accounts elevated rights.
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17 Dec 2014   #17
Hans L

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Since Vista, administrators run unelevated by default unlike in XP. Anything that requires elevation must be "Run as administrator" to do so, then you may be prompted by UAC (User Account Control) to approve first.

This was done to provide better security. By default, nothing can run elevated without you getting a UAC prompt to approve first.

Using the instructions to create an elevated shortcut bypasses this by providing the built-in elevated Administrator account's credentials to run it with that accounts elevated rights.
Okay, I am ready to do the procedure. Thanks!

Hans L
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17 Dec 2014   #18
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome. Please let us know how it went and if you have any other questions.
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