If you are a Windows Vista user, there is nothing more bugging than the UAC in Windows Vista. UAC which was supposed to bring improved security in Windows, does it pretty well but at the cost of user friendliness.
There are lots of apps and softwares that I run on my Machine, and Vista bugs me everytime I open them. For quite some time I’ve been looking to disable UAC for select applications, rather than disabling it all together, as that could possibly create a security havoc. After some time looking around for a solution, I finally found a solution that was recommended by Microsoft, and even Worked pretty well for me.
If you are looking to disable UAC for certain applications in Windows Vista, then follow this guide, and once you are done, the UAC may not really be all that bugging as it used to be.
- First download and install Application Compatibility Toolkit.
- Find the shortcut icon for Compatibility Administrator. Right click it and click Run as administrator.
- In the left hand pane, right-click on the database under Custom Databases and select Create New, and select Application Fix.
- Enter the name and other details of the application you want to alter behavior on and then browse to it to select it. Click Next.
- Click Next until you are in the Compatibility Fixes screen.
- On the Compatibility Fixes screen, find the item RunAsInvoker, and check it.
- Click Next and then Finish.
- Select File and Save As. Save the file as a app.SDB type file in a directory you will easily find it.
- Navigate to Start Menu, Right click Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.
- Run the following command at the prompt :
Where <path> is the location where you have saved the app.sdb file. For example, if you saved the .SDB file as app.sdb in the c:Windows folder, the command should be like this:
- You should now get a confirmatory message.
- Voila! You’re done, Vista will no longer prompt you with the UAC everytime you open your favorite app.
This one hack, has made Vista a lot more user friendly and a lot less nagging than it was before. I would recommend this method over, disabling the UAC altogether, because that would make your computer less secure.