Windows 8 Keeps Changing User Account Control Settings

My Windows 8 computer keeps changing the User Account Control setting.  It must be turned on in order for the Windows 8 Apps from the store to run.  I will turn it on, and everything will be fine for about a week, through multiple logins and restarts.  Then one day I will come in and not be able to run my apps.  It says that User Account Control is turned off.  I will login with the admin account, turn it on, restart the machine, and then everything will work.

But about a week later I will need to go through it all again.  I am planning on getting Windows 8 on all new machines this year, but I need to figure out why this is happening before I deploy them to my users.
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here is a Microsoft Article on that group policy. It says it applies to Windows 7 and so may not work properly for a Windows 8 machine.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd835564(v=ws.10).aspx

Here is another article that may assist you with this policy.

http://www.urtech.ca/2012/02/solved-how-to-set-user-access-control-uac-to-the-default-level-via-group-policy/

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Did you install Windows 8 fresh (full Windows 8) or did you upgrade it from Windows 7? If the latter, was the underlying machine a fresh install of Windows 7 or a fully loaded machine?

I have an upgraded Windows 8 Pro machine and a Windows 8 Pro preview machine. Both machines keep UAC turned on. It is unusual (I have not seen it) for Windows 7 turn off UAC. I only see a couple of Windows 8 machines and UAC stays on.

Did you check for Malware and Viruses?  Run online Malwarebytes in addition to your own virus applicaion.

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KC2TCApplication RepackagingCommented:
Could you check the event viewer and check if there is an entry about UAC ?
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richnAuthor Commented:
I couldn't find any event viewer entries related to UAC.

I think it is related to the computer doing a restart to install Windows updates.  Last week UAC was turned on.  I had a message that I had to do a restart to complete two updates.  I did the restart and then UAC was turned off when I logged back in.
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richnAuthor Commented:
We just bought a new Windows 8 machine.  It is exhibiting the same behavior.

Is there a Group Policy setting for UAC?  I see one that states run admins in UAC mode, but not one for actually turning UAC on or off.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I cannot answer which policy, but you must have some policy interfering. There is no other way a different and brand new machine would be changing UAC on its own. That has not happened to me at all (my machines or client machines).

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richnAuthor Commented:
it appears to be a policy setting called "Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode", even though the account in question was not an administrator account.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@richn - Thank you, and I was happy to help you with this.

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