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Windows 8 UAC turns off after reboot once joined to Windows 2008 domain

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I have a Windows 8 Laptop.  OEM Install.  Used it for one month with no issues. During that time the system was not joined to the domain.  No issues to speak of at the time.  Monday I went ahead and added it to my corporate domain.  Now, UAC is turning itself off on reboot.  Metro apps do not run, then I enable UAC, which requires a reboot to take effect. Upon the boot,  all is well. On the next boot UAC is off again. The cycle repeats.

I'm suspecting something int the Win 2008 domain policy is causing it, but I cannot find the issue.

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It will be a GPO setting.

Use the Group Policy Modelling Wizard to see which policy is applying it

http://blogs.technet.com/b/asiasupp/archive/2007/02/08/configure-uac-settings-via-policy.aspx
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First of all, is UAC disabled for Windows Vista or Windows 7 computers in your AD?

Besides, the info below might be useful for you.

"Disable UAC Through Group Policy

This is the method that should be used by administrators wanting to disable UAC across several computers at once.

This can be done via Local Group Policy or via Active Directory-based GPO, which is much more suited for large networks where one would like to disable UAC for many computers at once.

If using Local Group Policy you'll need to open the Group Policy Editor (Start > Run > gpedit.msc).

If using in AD-based GPO, open Group Policy Management Console (Start > Run > gpmc.msc) from a Windows Vista/7/2008 computer that is a member of the domain. In the GPMC window, browse to the required GPO that is linked to the OU or domain where the computers are located, then edit it, or, if needed, create a new GPO.

In the Group Policy Editor window, browse to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.

Make the following changes:

User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode - Set its value to Elevate without prompting.
User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation - Set its value to Disabled.
User Account Control: Only elevate UIAccess applications that are installed in secure locations - Set its value to Disabled.
User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode - Set its value to Disabled.

Source: http://www.petri.co.il/disable-uac-in-windows-7.htm
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