UAC stands for User Account Control and is a security system present in Microsoft Windows (since Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008) running most tasks as non-administrator and requiring the user to confirm the actions that require administrator privileges.

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How important is it to install on the program files folder?

In a proper installation of an average software, its executables would be in the program files folder; its user data in the user's application data folder; it's non user specific data in the all users ...
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Curious Interaction between User Account Control, Explorer, and local Users group

I have an example directory hosted on a data drive on a Windows Server 2008 installation ("MACHINE"). Only SYSTEM, Domain Admins, and Administrators (local) have full control permissions applied to ...
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Good reason for UAC on a server machine?

Given that accounts with login access to a server OS would usually be a systems administrator (or in general, has elevated privileges), is there a good reason to have User Access Control turned on? ...
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Can UAC levels lower than max be turned off programatically?

I was recently told that if your UAC level is anything less than the maximum (always notify) then malicious programs can programatically lower your UAC settings, thereby rendering UAC useless. Now, ...
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Win7 UAC tokens

It is known that under win7 UAC you receive 2 tokens when you logon to the system: std user token and admin token. If I disable UAC, what should I get? only admin token? or still both with no ...
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Elevating UAC via .bat file?

Pretty straightforward one that I'm having trouble finding an answer to. serverfault previously helped me with finding a way to automate Windows updates without using WSUS. It's working ...
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Rebuilt SBS 2003 domain, Windows 7 client UAC now asks for username/password

I have come into work this morning after Christmas and find that the Windows Small Business 2003 Domain server has been rebuilt. The domain name remains the same, though inevitably any security ...
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Problems accessing shared folder in Windows Server 2008

In Windows Server 2008, I have a shared folder. For my username: NTFS permission (read/modify) Share Permissions (read/modify) Result when trying to access the share: I can traverse directory and ...
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Silently install MSI without disabling UAC

I have an MSI file which I produce that I need to install on a number of Windows 2008 machines as part of automated deployment process in a test environment. When I install the MSI by hand I get a ...
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How to join Win2k3 domain AND properly set up UAC account with Windows 7?

I'm doing a clean install of Win7 and need to know the simplest way to set it up such that: I ideally only want one user on the PC other than the hidden administrator account I need to join a domain ...
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How to use psexec to start installation or other task that requires UAC interaction?

I'm trying to remotely start installations and I'd like not to disable UAC. If I start the processes remotely using psexec, the installer will just get stalled waiting for the UAC prompt. Other tasks ...
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Small Business Server services will not start, and remote desktop and UAC are broken

Yesterday I began setting up a server with Windows Small Business Server 2008. All I am configuring it for right now is to be a domain controller and Exchange server. I completed the initial setup ...
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Why does Vista UAC kick in for “Install a program from the network”?

I have a network which I am managing using System Center Essentials 2007. For the size network I have, it does the job adequately enough. However, there is one little nit-picky thing I am trying to ...
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Is disabling UAC on a Windows 2008 server a bad idea?

We've just upgraded to Windows 2008 server, and I'm already getting really sick of approving dozens of UAC messages. I normally disable UAC on my personal Vista machines, but I'm reluctant to do this ...
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Windows Server 2008, “The requested operation requires elevation”

Sorry for the newbe question, but I'm a developer who hasn't touch a Windows Server in years. A recent project has required me to setup and configure a development VM running Windows Server 2008, IIS ...
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Where are the Microsoft downloaded app compat updates stored?

Where are the Microsoft application compatibility update settings stored on a Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 computer? Microsoft periodically release application compatibility updates (e.g. ...
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Why can't I drag/drop a file for editing in notepad in Windows Server 2008?

When notepad is run, I can drag/drop a file to open it, but then it can't save the file. When I run notepad elevated to save the file, I can no longer drag/drop to open the file. I understand its a ...
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Why is my global security group being filtered out of my logon token?

While investigating the effects of filtered tokens on my file permissions, I noticed that one of my global security groups is being filtered in addition to the regular system-defined filtered groups. ...
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How important is UAC for developers?

Our small team of developers primarily uses Windows Vista. There has been some debate about the importance of Vista UAC (User Account Control). How important is UAC for experienced users, ...
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GPO, UAC, and Active X not playing nice

I have a set of users that I want to be able to install ActiveX controls from websites. I have deployed a GPO that allows them to do this, however I still fail when it comes to UAC. The ActiveX ...
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“Run As Administrator” on program right click failing and not launching program

This problem lies within a relatively fresh x64 Windows 7 install ~4 weeks, but is also a problem I have seen on Windows Vista machines (x86 versions). Since the other day, any programs attempted to ...
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Does UAC kill the need to run as a regular user?

Professionally, I've run as a standard user for a decade, and had mastered all the little tips and tricks to administering an enterprise using nothing but runas. Now in trots UAC, and while it makes ...
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Windows 2008 Corrupt TCP/IP? (Ping access denied)

I'm having a weird problem on two Windows 2008 VMs (inside HyperV) running NLB. They were working at one point, but now TCP/IP appears to be corrupt. I cannot ping anything if logged in with my Domain ...
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On Windows Vista, is there a way to allow an application to always run with elevated permissions?

Here is the scenario, I have an application that requires elevated permissions to run on my Windows Vista based HTPC, but I don't want to disable UAC because the computer is always connected to the ...
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Disable UAC And Windows Security Center alerts under Vista Business

We have a few Windows Vista Business with User Account Control turned off (the reason is because those machines need to run a series of programs that do not work with UAC, the boxes have no Internet ...
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Elevating Windows installer in Vista

Vista requires elevated rights for installers which install drivers or other system items. Pointsec has one of these installers with the problem that the installer itself does not request elevation so ...