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Running Visual Studio 2012 under a standard user

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Running Visual Studio 2012 using a standard User Id I receive the prompt :

Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?

So it prompts me for an admin password.

Why is this happening?
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Question by:metro156
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by:pcelba
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This is UAC (User Account Control) which is trying to restrict some potentially dangerous actions which could harm your data.

An ordinary user has restricted rights and VS 2012 is attempting to write to location where ordinary user has r/o access etc. so you have to provide admin credentials to confirm that you are familiar with this action.

UAC is possible to swith off in Control Panel or you may change the severity level of messages.
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Well I loaded other versions of Visual studio and did not get prompted with an UAC dialog to start the visual studio ide.
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This really depends on VS setup. If it uses some "more restricted" folder (which is not good) then it has to ask.

You may use the Process Monitor software and look what folder/file it is attempting to access: http://technet.microsoft.com/cs-cz/sysinternals/bb896645.aspx
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That's what microsoft indicated.
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