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Process - See if running as administrator (elevated)

How to See if Process is running as administrator (elevated) in Vista and Windows 7
Published by Brink
26 Jan 2014
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How to See if Process is running as administrator (elevated) in Vista and Windows 7

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to determine if a program or process is running as administrator (elevated) or not in Vista and Windows 7.

Here's How:

1. Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc).

2. Click on the Processes tab, and click on the Show processes from all users button. (see screenshot below)
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3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista).

4. Click on View (menu bar) and Select Columns. (see screenshot below)
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5. Check the User Account Control (UAC) Virtualization box, and click on OK to add that column to Task Manager. (see screenshot below)
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6. You can now look in the UAC Virtualization column to see if a process in the Image Name column is running elevated or not. (see screenshot below)

Note   Note
If you like, you can also click/tap and hold on the UAC Virtualization column name header to be able to drag and drop the column where you like between the other columns.

Not Allowed = running as administrator (elevated)

Enabled = subject to UAC virtualization

Disabled = not subject to UAC virtualization

That's it,

05 Feb 2014   #1
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Very nice info Shawn.

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06 Feb 2014   #2

Windows 7 Pro-x64

Thanks but now I'm wondering if my paranoia will increase. If "Not Allowed" means the process is running as administrator what does "Disabled" and "Enabled" mean? I assume if it's enabled, it means the process is running in UAC Virtualization but what does that mean? The process isn't UAC aware?

I have one process (iMON) that controls the front panel IR display on my PC. It shows "Enabled".
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06 Feb 2014   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hey Ken,

Tutorial updated to help with that.
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05 Feb 2016   #4

windows 7 ultimate 64bit

great tutorial!!
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05 Feb 2016   #5

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello drugo. I'm glad it could help.
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