?
Solved

Win 8.1 task manager for standard user

Posted on 2013-11-21
14
Medium Priority
?
2,174 Views
Last Modified: 2014-01-27
Hi All. We are rolling out XPS 12's with Win 8.1 pro.
We have UAC set on the first notch from off.
When a user tries to run Task Manager, it prompts for an Admin Userid. We want them to run Task Manager.

I have searched for hours for a work around. I'm thinking there must be something in group policy, but don't see it.

Any help...

Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:yankeek
  • 9
  • 5
14 Comments
 
LVL 57

Expert Comment

by:McKnife
ID: 39667833
Microsoft has made a strange decision here.
In order to start it, we have to insert our own username and password, not the admin's, one more time.
0
 
LVL 57

Expert Comment

by:McKnife
ID: 39667840
Wait... let me have another look. I remember it has been just as you describe it, but on a test machine (with UAC full on) it's just like with win7. Wait a minute.
0
 
LVL 57

Expert Comment

by:McKnife
ID: 39667848
Hmm... cannot reproduce it anymore. Has it been patched away? Do you run a fully updated machine?
0
Concerto's Cloud Advisory Services

Want to avoid the missteps to gaining all the benefits of the cloud? Learn more about the different assessment options from our Cloud Advisory team.

 
LVL 57

Expert Comment

by:McKnife
ID: 39667865
0
 

Author Comment

by:yankeek
ID: 39667891
Hi all. The machine is fully patched. The user is not a local admin or domain admin. Just a standard user.
Re-entering their password does not resolve it. It keeps asking for credentials until a domain admin enters theirs..

Thanks though.
0
 
LVL 57

Expert Comment

by:McKnife
ID: 39667904
Ok, then let me tell you: I have an 8.1 x64 installation (pro, domain joined, no defaults changed, no software installed, naked system out of the box). If I use a standard user and start task manager, I get NO UAC prompt.

I don't know what's different at your side, but can at least say "yes, I have seen this before".
0
 

Author Comment

by:yankeek
ID: 39669311
Interesting McKnife..
We reburn each win8.1 from a vanilla image fully patched.
Any guess where the permission to run Task Manager might be in group policy? I dug around and didn't find it.
When searching the net to resolve, I did see that Task Manager and other utils have elevated privs to run. But never found a solution. It has to do with UAC. If UAC is turned off, then it runs fine. We can't have our users with UAC off by default.
Thanks for you input

Ken
0
 
LVL 57

Accepted Solution

by:
McKnife earned 2000 total points
ID: 39669342
Very odd. Why is your vanilla different to mine?
About what to do: we can change the behavior by deploying a shim. It needs to set just one thing: "runasinvoker". Please read this for a how-to: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2011/06/17/demystifying-shims-or-using-the-app-compat-toolkit-to-make-your-old-stuff-work-with-your-new-stuff.aspx

Edit: although I have used shims before, I am not sure if it works with any files, including system files like taskmgr.exe
0
 

Author Comment

by:yankeek
ID: 39681746
Well, this is still not resolved.

Thanks anyway..
0
 
LVL 57

Expert Comment

by:McKnife
ID: 39682287
Please be so kind to give proper feedback :)
I don't know whether you tried the shim or not.
0
 

Author Comment

by:yankeek
ID: 39682299
Using a shim is not going to be an option.
It's ok, we will have to figure something else out. I don't know why our vanilla burn is behaving like this if other vanilla burns are not. Maybe it will be addressed in an update down the road.

McKnife can have points. He was the only one to respond.

Thanks
0
 
LVL 57

Expert Comment

by:McKnife
ID: 39682340
Uh, why is the shimming no option, if I may ask? It's the least intrusive change there could be.
0
 

Author Comment

by:yankeek
ID: 39812374
Thank you McKnife. I think the techs resolved the issue if the UAC is set to the second notch up from off.

Please give McKnife the points. He was the only one to respond. He did supply a workaround but that will not be an option in our environment.

Thanks
Ken

(Thread can be closed).
0
 
LVL 57

Assisted Solution

by:McKnife
McKnife earned 2000 total points
ID: 39812396
Hi.

Please close the question yourself by selecting the most appropriate comment as an answer. Thanks and bye.
0

Featured Post

What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Compliance and data security require steps be taken to prevent unauthorized users from copying data.  Here's one method to prevent data theft via USB drives (and writable optical media).
In the absence of a fully-fledged GPO Management product like AGPM, the script in this article will provide you with a simple way to watch the domain (or a select OU) for GPOs changes and automatically take backups when policies are added, removed o…
This Micro Tutorial hows how you can integrate  Mac OSX to a Windows Active Directory Domain. Apple has made it easy to allow users to bind their macs to a windows domain with relative ease. The following video show how to bind OSX Mavericks to …
Finding and deleting duplicate (picture) files can be a time consuming task. My wife and I, our three kids and their families all share one dilemma: Managing our pictures. Between desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and cameras; over the last decade…

840 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question