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Exclude applications from UAC prompts with Elevator

by Parm Mann on 27 May 2008, 10:20

Tags: Windows Vista, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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User Account Control (UAC) is a feature of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system that aims to improve security. Unfortunately for Microsoft, UAC has become one of Vista's most talked about annoyances, and finds itself disabled by a large number of users.

Still, if security is of the utmost importance to you, and the thought of disabling UAC gives you a scare, there's now an intermediate solution.

Elevator, a freeware application developed by Martin Zugec, provides the sought-after option of an exclusion list. Simply right click your application of choice, choose 'elevate me' and hey presto, that application will then run using the highest privileges available and you'll skip right past any UAC prompts.

Sounds very handy, and we're sure the hoards of anti-UAC users are going to appreciate this one.

Head on over to Martin Zugec's blog for download links and installation instructions.



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great proof of concept - shame it didnt work for me, been trying to get it to run coretemp from startup without having to accept the UAC prompt - failed on vista x64 :( :help:
I just edit the security policy (secpol.msc) and set it to elevate without prompting for administrators in admin approval mode. That way you don't lose the UAC altogether (and subsequently protected mode in IE is kept) and you don't get anymore annoying popups.

I thought UAC was supposed to ‘learn’ safe apps anyway?

Simon
zoomee
great proof of concept - shame it didnt work for me, been trying to get it to run coretemp from startup without having to accept the UAC prompt - failed on vista x64 :( :help:

The main reason for that is that certain parts of the motherboard information are locked safely behind the UAC control and can only be accessed by the administrator.
Whats to stop some hacker making your Elevator from allowing their own malicious software? I don't see how it helps with the security much….
or turn UAC off