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Make Vista "Administrators" actual Administrators

So far I've run into four reliable methods to disable Vista’s new Use User Account (UAC) option. If you don't know what that is, it's the little dialog that pops up every time you try to do something dangerous on your computer; if you've never run into this, and then count yourself as one of the lucky ones. For the rest of us— myself included, who has a bad memory for these onetime changes— I’ve outlined the methods, and how to use them. Enjoy!

Group Policy Object Method

This one really bugs me about Vista; fortunately, it can be easily remedied with the Group Policy Object Editor:

System Configuration Method

Another, much simpler, method is to use the System Configuration application:

The Disable UAC tool has the effect of running:

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD \
 HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System \
 /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

This may be exactly what the previous Group Policy Object Editor options change; however, it requires less time to run this tool and is easier to explain. The caveat to this approach, is that you get warned about your system being configured insecurely; however, since it is a quick way to do it (amd easily reversible), this seems to be a reasonable side-effect (as you can fall back on the above, for a full solution). (See the next section for how to fix this.)

The Proper Method?

Getting rid of the notification that you are running in non-approval mode

Downloaded Programs that Prompt for Permission to Run (i.e. Internet Zone files)

Sometimes, when you download programs from the internet, Windows get really smart and flags them as Internet Zone files ([1]). On Vista this means that from then on, one must accept responsibility of running a possibly hazardous application on your PC every time you want to use it. Needless to say, this can be rather irritating. Fortunately, there is a simple workaround to this:

  1. Download Mark Russinovich's Streams tool;
  2. Extract streams.exe to your path;
  3. Run cmd.exe;
  4. Then, cd to the application's directory and run:
C:\app> streams -d app.exe

Streams v1.56 - Enumerate alternate NTFS data streams
Copyright (C) 1999-2007 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com

C:\app\app.exe:
  Deleted :Zone.Identifier:$DATA

That's it; you can now run the application without any nagging dialogs.

Adding Batch Privileges to a User

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