What do 'enabled' and 'disabled' UAC virtualization mean?


  1. Posts : 108
    7 Pro 64
       #1

    What do 'enabled' and 'disabled' UAC virtualization mean?


    In the task manager in the column for UAC virtualization, "not allowed" means a thing is running as administrator. But what do 'enabled' and 'disabled' mean?

    I don't know what virtualization is but it's safe to say I don't need to get deeply involved with it. I only have one computer and I'm the only person who uses it. I guess virtualization would have something to do with other user accounts or installing other OSs or something, which I don't do. I only need to know enough for basic security purposes.

    There's this thread but it doesn't say what the terms mean:

    Process - See if running as administrator (elevated)
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  2. Posts : 18,415
    windows 7 home 64bit
       #2

    Hi there .. Read the Link below it should explain all you need to know .. Just leave things as they are in the Task Manager that is normal ..

    Virtualization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  3. Posts : 2,499
    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
       #3

    Explaining UAC virtualization is rather difficult. To understand that you must first understand some rather difficult concepts. To further complicate matters the term "virtualization" has multiple meanings. I haven't been able to find any simple explanations, probably because it isn't simple.

    The link provided by maxie describes some meanings of virtualization but I don't think any specifically relate to this usage.

    This can be a big deal for software developers but for the average computer user it is of little importance.
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  4. Posts : 5,642
    Windows 10 Pro (x64)
       #4

    In this case it means, UAC is going to redirect registry and folder writes and reads from locations the application does NOT have access to, redirect to a "virtual" store as it were making the application believe its writing to a protected location.

    In simple terms: App tries to create files in "Program Files" UAC says it doesn't have permission redirects to a virtual store in your user directory. Same with the registry.


    There are some pit falls of this...I should cove those at some point.
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