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GPO - Disable UAC on Windows 8.1, but keep "Store" open

Posted on 2014-01-29
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Hi,

How do I disable UAC on Windows 8.1 by GPO, but keep the access to "Store" open. When I disable UAC, it tells me that the app can't open when UAC is disabled.
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Hi.

As the error tells you, it's not possible. However, I wonder if some setting between on and off would suffice and why in the first place you would need UAC to be off. There is the possibilty to deploy compatibility shims, there are scheduled tasks, there is runas builtin administrator. Why off?
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We want our users to be able to install all applications they want without being prompted with the UAC. When we disable the UAC, they can't access Microsoft Store, which they also should be able to do.
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I see.
You will run into a problem: we can let them, being non-admins, install selected software. What we cannot do without turning them into admins is let them install any software they want. In order to achieve that (IF it's really needed), you would be giving up nearly all security, because installing arbitrary software means executing any code they want. So they could effectively compromise the systems without being administrator.

If enabling them for selected software would suffice, please say so and I will assist further.
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