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Windows 7: User Account Control: Password Required?


10 Apr 2010   #1

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 
User Account Control: Password Required?

Is there a way to require a password whenever the UAC Box appears?

I'm wondering... Is there a way to force UAC to require a password anytime it pops up? I've been trying to increase security by using a non admin account, but that presents a problem. First of all, I can't use some programs due to inaccesible files. Not to mention I have to log into an admin account anytime that I want to do anything security related. I don't like to use the admin account because after the initial password, there is very little internal security other than a UAC box and even those are just Yes/No.

What I want seems to be a mix of the two, similar to the way user accounts work on OS X. Whenever I attempt to access something secure (ie. something that UAC would notify on) Windows should ask me for the administrative password. This way even if I'm on an admin account, I'd still need the password to access the feature, instead of just getting a worthless pop up that asks me whether I'd like to proceed.

Apparently in some installations, a standard user would be prompted by a password when trying to access something security related. On my computer, I just get an error and/or a dialog that says to log into an administrative account.

This is the type of prompt I want:
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10 Apr 2010   #2

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi,

Link applies to Vista UAC - have not tested if there are any major differences in 7.

Configuring and Disabling User Account Control



Hope this helps and regards
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10 Apr 2010   #3

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

It actually did help, thanks.

The method is this:

Open Local Security Policy via Search Box

Go to: Local Policies > Security Options > Scroll Down

When you see the UAC options, set both "Behavior of the elevation prompt..." lines to "Prompt for credentials"

Now no matter whether you're an administrator or a standard user, you get prompted for a password any time the UAC pops up. I think this makes my admin account a bit more secure, I hope... Hopefully the UAC will pop up in the standard account now
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10 Apr 2010   #4

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Thanks for letting me know

Take care and regards
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10 Apr 2010   #5

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Having re-read your post, the only time this happened to me was because I had turned UAC off while trying to install a modded theme. Restoring the UAC level back to its default level, pre-theme-modding, reverted things to normal on the standard account.
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10 Apr 2010   #6

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomai View Post
Having re-read your post, the only time this happened to me was because I had turned UAC off while trying to install a modded theme. Restoring the UAC level back to its default level, pre-theme-modding, reverted things to normal on the standard account.
Now that I've got the UAC Password thing figured out, I'm just going to delete the other account. As long as you have to enter a password to use system settings/install a program then I'm ok with using an admin account.
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10 Apr 2010   #7

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Ok.
Hope that works out fine.
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10 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Just for the record there is a good explanation of using standard accounts on Windows 7 here ...

Configuring Windows 7 for a Limited User Account

May be worth a read for anyone considering this security scenario
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10 Apr 2010   #9

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Thanks Nigel

Did want to share the same with OP - didn't pursue further as he comes across as way above the "average user".

Regards
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10 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Although notsograymatter Is as you rightly say more than an average user it's always worth adding helpful information to possibly aid those who may read this thread in future, and may be at a more basic understanding level
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