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How to allow a program always run at startup and run as an administrator?

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I create a Limit user account, this account have a program always run at startup and it needs to read/write some settings in the registry. However Windows prevents it from modifying the registry because it's running under a Limit user account.
How do I allow this program always run at startup with administrator permission?
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by:WerewolfTA
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Sounds like you need to script that program to run with administrator credentials.  Try this link:

http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBO/tip7100/rh7111.htm
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Two cases here: If the program changes (restricted) settings in the HKCU part, there's nothing you can do except change the permissions on the trees in question. Any "runas" procedure will not have access to another user's registry.
If this is only about the HKLM part, the easiest solution would be to simply create a scheduled task to run at logon, and use an appropriate user account to run the scheduled task.
Another option, if the security on the keys in question isn't really a concern, would be to get RegMon (http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/regmon.shtml) (and maybe FileMon, http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/filemon.shtml), logon with the limited account, start RegMon with an administrative account using runas, filter for your program and have RegMon log errors only, then start the program. RegMon will report the errors, so that you can identify the keys in question and change the permissions accordingly. Once that's done, the user can run the program without further problems.
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Damn, I think I like oBdA's solutions better than mine.  :)  

Never even thought about the reg keys permissions in HKCU. You rock, man!
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by:geidza
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yes, setting key permissions in the registry is a simple way.
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