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Published on 11.17.10 by Brent Trahan

Allow Programs to Run With Elevated Privileges without Entering the Secure Desktop in Windows 7

Learn how to set User Account Control (UAC) to allow programs to run with administrative privileges without entering the secure desktop first in Windows 7.

By default when a program needs administrative rights to run it first must enter the secure desktop (dark desktop with a light “in focus” prompt) where you are prompted to allow the program to run with administrative rights.

This guide shows you how to set User Account Control (UAC) to bypass the secure desktop, but it will still prompt you before it gives the programs administrative rights.

Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, and Starter Users

Unfortunately the most popular versions of Windows 7 don’t have a nice and easy way to edit this setting. The only way to change this setting is by editing the registry.

Warning: Edit the registry at your own risk. Editing the registry can cause your computer to crash and a loss of data if not done properly. Please consider backing up the registry before you edit it.

  1. Type regedit in the Start Menu’s search box and then press Enter on your keyboard.
  2. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, Software, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion, Policies, and then select System in the left column of the Registry Editor.

  3. Double-click EnableUIADesktopToggle in the right column of the Registry Editor.

  4. Set the Hexadecimal value to 1 and then click OK in the DWORD Value window to save the changes.

  5. Restart the computer

Windows 7 Enterprise, Professional, and Ultimate Users

  1. Type secpol.msc in the Start Menu’s search box and then press Enter on the keyboard.
  2. Expand Local Policies and then select Security Options in the left column of the Local Security Policy window.

  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the right column of the Local Security Policy window and double-click User Account Control: Allow UIAccess applications to prompt for elevation without using the secure desktop.

  4. Select Enabled in the Local Security Setting tab and then click OK to save the changes.

  5. Restart the computer

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