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Windows 7: UAC off, Run as Admin still required

06 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
UAC off, Run as Admin still required

If UAC is turned off and your users setup as local administrators why is "run as administrator" needed for certain software?

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06 Jan 2014   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello greyclear,

In Windows 7, only the built-in Administrator account has "elevated" rights by default, and is why it doesn't get a UAC prompt to approve an elevated task.

Normal administrator accounts run "unelevated" by default. Anything that requires to run with elevated rights will need to be "Run as administrator" to do so. If UAC was turned on, the normal administrator would be prompted by UAC to approve the elevated task before it was allowed to run as administrator (elevated).

Here's some more info about all of this if you like.

Run as Administrator

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

User Account Control (UAC) - Elevate Privilege Level

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps, :)
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