Disabling Vista UAC Temporarily

Posted on October 9, 2007. Filed under: security, vista, security, windows |

From Wikipedia:
User Account Control (UAC) is a technology and security infrastructure introduced with Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system. It aims to improve the security of Windows by limiting applications to standard user privileges until an administrator authorizes an increase in privilege level, in a manner very similar to that seen in Ubuntu Linux.

So this allows a normal user to have elevated privileges whenever required.

Also I always give the default user read only permission and the administrator full permission to the folder that contains my important data. This way I can be sure that if any virus manages to break into my system, it is not able to corrupt my important data.

So by running in the non-admin mode I cannot move files inside the folder that contains my important data or install any software without being prompted for my permission. This can be very annoying especially you are installing many softwares. A work-around for this is opening a command prompt with admin privileges and using that for moving and installing stuff.

Another way of doing this is by opening the explorer.exe process with admin privileges. This doesn’t work by default as opening explorer.exe doesn’t create a new instance of it. To make explorer.exe open new instances every time you have to enable it. It can be enabled by opening any folder, selecting organize from the toolbar -> Folder and Search options -> View (tab) and check the option "Launch folder windows in separate process".

That’s it, now whenever you open explorer.exe from the Vista start menu with admin privileges by right clicking it, any process that you open from inside it will not prompt you for confirmation and thus saving you the headache as you will be in admin mode inside that window.

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Where exactly is the explorer.exe shortcut on the Vista START menu?

Just type explorer in the start menu search box. Then right click on Windows explorer in the search results and select “Run as Administrator”.


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