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Is there a registry setting I can create to tell Windows to always run my app as admin?

Posted on 2014-04-26
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I know that I can simply right click on a link and tell Windows to always run my app as administrator, but is there a registry setting that I can programmatically set that will do this for end users?
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Question by:RainMakker
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by:McKnife
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Sure, there is. It's called a compatibility shim and it can be deployed using scripts. So your users are Admins? Then this is the procedure: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2010/08/27/act-suppressing-elevation-prompts-for-legacy-applications.aspx
If they aren't, you would not use runasinvoker  but runashighest.
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by:bbao
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basically you just need a registry setting to disable UAC at all?
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by:Kimputer
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In every application shortcut, there's already this option. Or did you mean it should suppress the admin login screen?
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by:becraig
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You can do this from the program itself here is how-to:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff431742.aspx
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by:McKnife
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Hm. He wrote something of doing it programmatically for end users, didn't he? That's why I showed how to deploy it.
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by:becraig
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Ahhh

I missed that part, well there is a registry hack he can simply update and push out to the computers:

Let me test first though.
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HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers\

Add the path the your program as the new entry:
New String Value:
c:\path-to-your-program\program.exe
Then modify and edit value data:
Add the value:  "RUNASADMIN"

That works for me.
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by:McKnife
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That's what the shim would do, by the way.
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