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Windows 7: UAC control password prompt

03 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]
UAC control password prompt

Hi all.
I wanted to enable autо logon on my PC and I did it as I knew: CMD > Control userpasswords2 > Uncheck "Users have to enter a password to..." > Enter my password. Now I have this weird problem:
When I try to run a program with Admin rights I get the UAC popup, but it says "Enter an admin password to continue and press Yes. Problem is that I have nowhere to enter the password and even if I just type it Yes is still grayed out (unavailable). What to do???? Also, I noticed that my user status is changed to guest account...???!?!? Weird.... I can't go back to userpasswords2, because UAC won't let me and I can't disable UAC, because that need UAC too!!!!
Please help!!! This is very very bad!!!

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03 Feb 2010   #2
Agent Zach

Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 [x64]

Personally, I'd recommend two things (until further investigation)
  1. Create new User Account with Administrative rights, move all of your files, shortcuts, etc.. from the old profile to the new profile.
    • Assuming that the new account WON'T require a password for UAC, download & install windows 7 Manager, and configure the way the UAC works in the application.
  2. Boot into Safe Mode (UAC isn't used in Safe Mode), run Windows 7 Manager, and disable the UAC fully here. Restart back into "normal" mode.

Hope all is well.
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04 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]

1. I can't make a new account - it needs UAC. Here's a screenshot of what the window looks like when I am prompted:
UAC control password prompt-untitled.png
2. To install Windows 7 Manager I need UAC.
3. Safe mode DOES use UAC. It's weird, but true. Just triead all: With Networking, With No Networking or just Command Prompt.
4. My UAC setting is 1 level below original setting... I think...

Maybe I am stupid??? Maybe I don't know where to enter the password??? I don't know. I even tried removing the password, but I got the same thing!!!!

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04 Feb 2010   #4
Agent Zach

Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 [x64]

Try this:

  1. Click your Start Orb
  2. In the Start Search field, type secpol.msc {Press Enter}
    • This will open the Local Security Policy.
  3. In the left Pane, Expand the "Local Policies"
  4. Click on "Security Options"
  5. On the right pane, the long list of policies appears.
  6. Scroll down to "User Account Control: Behavior for Administrators"
  7. Double click it
  8. In the drop down box, choose "Prompt for Consent"
  9. Click Apply
  10. Click OK
  11. Restart
HOPEFULLY, if all goes well, the "Credentials Required" string within the UAC will no longer be required. It will be the simple "Click to Approve" method that's default with Windows 7.

Hope this helps.

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UAC control password prompt-uac.jpg  
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04 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]

UAC control password prompt-permission.png

If I try to repair install with the Windows 7 DVD could that get me out of trouble???

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04 Feb 2010   #6
Agent Zach

Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 [x64]

I'd recommend it. :)

If the Policy Changes aren't allowed, something may be causing the mayhem... Malware, etc...

So I'd run a Repair Install just to make sure.
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05 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ProXic View Post
I'd recommend it. :)

If the Policy Changes aren't allowed, something may be causing the mayhem... Malware, etc...

So I'd run a Repair Install just to make sure.
OK, I'll make a repair this Saturday/Sunday. Will post back with results...
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06 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]

Epic Fail:
1. DVD Goes in, I boot from it [F8].
2. I press "Repair" below the big Install button.
3. Scan for Windows installations.
4. It finds a startup bug.
5. I click on the "Repair and Restart" button.
5. I am bought to a "Run Startup Repair [Recommended]" or "Start Windows Normally" choice.
6. I select Startup Repair.
7. It brings me back to the previous choice, setting the counter back to 30 seconds.
8. I try to Upgrade Install which should also do the thing.
9. It says I can't do it booted and that I need to run the Setup from my current version of Windows.
10. I can't do that because running the setup gives me a UAC Prompt.
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07 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]


I used Offline NT Password & Registry Editor [bootable] to enable the hidden Administrator account in Windows 7. Using that account temporarily turned off UAC to promote my original account (Darkness Warrior) to Administrator with FULL RIGHTS.
Now I am an Administrator with a password, fully working UAC at level 2 with no problems at all... and, just to say - It feels good to be administrator again....

Edit: +Rep for trying to help!
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07 Feb 2010   #10

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)

hi !

dw96: don´t run as ADMIN, instead create a normal USER-account and use that for normal work,
only run as ADMIN when you have to, fx. when installing new software.
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