Microsoft Windows 7 UAC password prompt

A client, who has not mentioned this ever before, is saying that they are getting a request to enter the admin password at the UAC prompt, e.g. on app installation. afaik, this happens if the account is of a limited user(?)

I'm just wondering which scenario has made this 'suddenly' come about - is it possible to make oneself a limited user, then get this happening?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The request for credentials will happen on any User type in Windows 7 except Administrator. UAC should pop up a Window to OK to proceed for Administrator.
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CEHJAuthor Commented:
I cant say i'm a massive Win 7 user, but i've never seen a password box in a UAC prompt
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In Windows 7 and also assuming UAC is enabled (as it should be) Standard, like, or lower user will have to enter admin credentials and password to install MOST software (90% of software). Windows 7 has always been like this.
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rindiCommented:
If the system is setup and used properly, you should always see a password prompt when something needs to be run elevated, as you should never logon to any PC with an account that belongs to the admin group. Only if you are logged on as a user that belongs to the administrator's group would you not be asked for a password.

So if your user gets asked for a password now, and wasn't before, then he has finally set things up correctly and is using it the way it is supposed to be used, as a standard user.

Also "Power Users" and "Admins" should always logon as standard users, and only use the account that has admin rights when the task needs that. So you must always setup PC's with Admin and Standard accounts.
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CEHJAuthor Commented:
Of course, it could be that i've just looked at machines which have had (which i suspect could be the default) the main user installed as Admin. So, i'll just have to repeat the question:
I'm just wondering which scenario has made this 'suddenly' come about - is it possible to make oneself a limited user, then get this happening?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The only way I know that a User can "change" itself is a damaged profile. So either the user changed it, or got some other malware or damage.

Set up a new, test Windows User Profile (Account), log into the new account, ensure UAC is on and test both as Administrator and Standard User. The latter changes need to be done from a different Administrator account.
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CEHJAuthor Commented:
So if your user gets asked for a password now, and wasn't before, then he has finally set things up correctly and is using it the way it is supposed to be used, as a standard user.

OK, i guess that it might not be possible to uncover how it came about, but yes, you're absolutely right that this has headed in the right direction.
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rindiCommented:
Sure, anyone who is an admin can change his account to a standard account. Just not vice versa. If the account was the only admin account on the PC, and he changed it to standard, he will have locked himself out and won't be able to run things that need elevated access etc.
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CEHJAuthor Commented:
Thanks folks
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@CEHJ - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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