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over she shoulder admin credentials

While logged into a standard user local account on Windows 7, if software install prompts for admin credentials, and these are provided, when do these privileges expire?  
It appears that once the admin credentials are provided, elevated privileges are enabled for the duration of the session, until the standard user logs out.
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Those credentials should expire once that process has terminated. It should not raise the whole user's session until the log out.
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AE_JBAuthor Commented:
Is this confirmed?  It appears that if I install flash, for example, that I can continue with other installs such as java and toolbars on IE.
Could be that I did not close iE before additional installs.
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
I'm surprised flash did not prompt you to close IE during it's installation process, if that is the case. This has been my experience that UAC'd elevations only last for the initiating process.
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AE_JBAuthor Commented:
I will re test the install of subsequent apps by the end of the week to verify, and let you know.  I would think that it should be process based, or at least provide the ability to remove admin credentials for the remainder of the session.
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
I am 99.9% sure (because there are no absolutes with computers) that the credentials do not stick around until the user logs off. In my experience, I have gone through dozens of UAC prompts, per session, with Windows 7. Even more with Windows Vista.
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McKnifeCommented:
A session cannot elevate. Only processes can as written before.
If setup starts some child process, of course that one is elevated, too.
Please be sure about what you observe.
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