Windows Vista has the built-in ability to automatically reduce the potential of security breaches in the system. It does that by automatically enabling a feature called User Account Control (or UAC for short). The UAC forces users that are part of the local administrators group to run like they were regular users with no administrative privileges. User Account Control provides security protection for system kernel, memory and registry from unauthorized access by programs or processes. You can read more about UAC on my What’s User Account Control in Windows Vista? article.
UAC can drive you crazy. It will bug you to the point where you’ll totally ignore it and automatically click to accept its prompts without giving it a second consideration, virtually rendering it useless. Or, you could simply disable it. You can read more about UAC on my How can I disable the User Account Control (UAC) feature on my Windows Vista computer? article.
While disabling UAC is not a hard task to accomplish, there is another method you can use to deal with it. In this guide, I will help tell you how to create a desktop shortcut for bypassing UAC for programs that require UAC Administrative Permissions, and allow standard users to run these programs without administrative access. You will be doing it by using a known bypass trick in Task Manager and a desktop shortcut. You will also be able to use this trick to launch a program from the Command Prompt or from scripts.
In order to do so, please follow these steps:
Note: You can get to the Task Scheduler by using the Manage My Computer context menu from the “Computer” icon, by using the shortcut from the Administrative Tools folder, or by typing taskschd.msc in the Run box.
Note: Remember the name of the task as we will need it later.
C:\Windows\System32\schtasks.exe /run /tn "TaskName"
Where “TaskName” is the name of the task you chose, from step #3.
Note: Include the quotation marks around the TaskName or it will fail to successfully run the task.
Whenever you want to run the specified program, simply double-click on the shortcut you’ve created without requiring UAC prompts or complete Administrator access.
You can also further customize the shortcut with an icon or other settings if you wish.
You will need to repeat this steps for any additional program you’ll want to use without the need to answer the UAC prompts.