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Windows 7: UAC - Require a Password for Administrator

UAC - Require a Password for Administrator

How to Configure UAC to Require a Password for Administrator
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10 Apr 2010
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How to Configure UAC to Require a Password for Administrator

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While the UAC prompts seen when using a standard account may require a password, this is not the case while using an admin account.
Once logged into the Admin account, a user can change anything only by clicking Yes on a user account control box. Some security measure. By requiring a password on each UAC prompt you can add security to your administrator account(s).

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First, be sure that UAC (User Account Control) is enabled. Open the control panel, navigate to the User Accounts & Family Safety section, click on User Accounts, then click on Change User Account Control Settings. Be sure that the sliding bar is not on the lowest setting.

Now that you've confirmed that UAC is enabled, you can enhance it. Open the start menu and go to the search box. Type in Local Security Policy, now hit enter. Once this program is open, navigate to Local Policies, then Security Options. Now scroll down until you see User Account Control in the name of the policies. Once you see them, find the two that say User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for.... Right click on them and click modify. Change the values to Prompt for Credentials. Exit the program.

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Now you will be greeted by a password prompt any time you do something that user account control deems a security action. This may happen more of less often depending on what level you set your UAC to. Personally, I have mine set to the top level, however that's mostly due to the fact that I download a lot of "questionable" files from many different sometimes non reputable sources. If you wish to be able to adjust Windows settings without being prompted, then the two settings below the top will do. Use the second down if you wish to have the UAC dim your desktop, use the third down if you don't.

To confirm that you're being prompted for a password, just set your UAC to the highest level and then attempt to access UAC settings again.

04 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 & Linux Unbutu

Hey there -- This is a great idea, and I'd love to implement it. Trouble is I'm using Home Premium, so I don't think I have access to the Security Policy editor. Any ideas as to workarounds so I can add this to my Admin account -- been hacked once, not a pleasant experience, so I try to add protections wherever I can! Thanks a lot, Cheers.
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12 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 & Linux Unbutu
Anyone, anyone, Bueler?

Anyone have any suggestions to my post above, please?
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16 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

old thread but i just came looking for the info as per the tutorial above (awesome as ever)

found this other thread related to vista but should apply to 7 too: system cannot find secpol.msc

pertinent bit:

Secpol.msc does not exist in the home versions of Vista. But basically secpol.msc is just another GUI for registry settings. All settings regarding UAC can be found in the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
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