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Run As Administrator not prompting for credentials in Windows 7

We are a Windows 7 SP1 x64 shop.  We have set a GPO to turn off the UAC because of numerous issues with some legacy softwares.  The one thing we have noticed is that the Run as Administrator doesn't prompt for credentials when we reight click and application and select it.  What do I need to change to get this working again?  Is there something in the GPO that is stopping it?  Is it because we have turned off the UAC?  If so, what should the GPO settings be to take it to the lowest setting possible to turn it back on?  If the UAC isn't the problem then what do I need to change?
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
Is the account you are logged into the computer as an administrator? Maybe a domain admin etc?
If so then you wont be prompted.
That only elevates the authority of the current account....thus no prompt.  It does not run it under an admin account, unless of course the current account is an admin...
it's just an added security feature...
TPBPITAuthor Commented:
The account that I am logged in as is NOT an admin account of any type.  It is a normal Domain User account.

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ok...so "run as admin" will only give you the maximum priviledges allowed under that account.
if you want to truely run something as an administrator...  open a command prompt and type runas /?

/? will give you the help text so you can see the proper syntax of how to use it.

When you specify the user this will prompt for a password.


for a local admin (admin) account use this:
runas /u:admin notepad.exe

for a domain admin (admin)account use this:
runas /user:admin@mydomain notepad.exe
TPBPITAuthor Commented:
I didn't know this had changed in Windows 7.  It was so much simpler in Windows XP.

Thanks for the response.
I didn't know this had changed in Windows 7.  It was so much simpler in Windows XP. ~ TPBPIT

Agreed.  But, WinXP was much easier for "the bad guys" to work with, too.  Windows 7 is much more secure than XP ever was, and unfortunately that means we need to deal with an occasional inconvenience as a result.

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