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    I've read a vague excerpt in a MCTS study guide book and have had a presenter at a MS event debuting Vista state that it is possible for a standard user logged in with a standard user account to run an application that requires elevated (admin) priveleges without having the user type in the username and password of an administrator account.  Both, however, were unable to give me any specifics on how to accomplish this, something vague about using UAC without having to input a username and password, only clicking continue on a prompt.  And my Internet searches aren't kicking back anything useful.  Could someone tell me how this can be configured?  I've noticed the runas administrator checkbox on an exe's properties, but all it seems to do it prompt for username and password of an admin.  I've also noticed the backward compatibility options, but it seems pretty vague as to how those settings work.

     

    thanks,

    Bill
    Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:53 PM

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  • Hi Bill,

     

    I don't think this function is supported. Or it will increase the possibility of inadvertent system-level damage caused by "shatter attacks" and malware, such as root kits, spyware, and undetectable viruses.

     

    You know, any privilege elevation brings a potential risk to the system because the elevated software may be vulnerable to attack.

     

    Thanks.

     

                                                    

    Sincerely, 

    Yog Li 

    Microsoft Online Community Support

     

    Thursday, January 31, 2008 9:04 AM

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  • Understanding and Configuring User Account Control in Windows Vista:

    http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/00d04415-2b2f-422c-b70e-b18ff918c2811033.mspx?mfr=true

     

    UAC Improvements in Vista Service Pack Release Candidate 1 (RC1) and Video:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/uac/archive/2006/09/05/741318.aspx

    Thursday, January 24, 2008 11:59 PM
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  • I appreciate the response, but before I delve into 100 pages of documentation could you

    answer yes or no to the question regarding being able to run 3rd party apps as admin withuot having an admin user account and password?

    Friday, January 25, 2008 2:47 PM
  • Hi Bill,

     

    I don't think this function is supported. Or it will increase the possibility of inadvertent system-level damage caused by "shatter attacks" and malware, such as root kits, spyware, and undetectable viruses.

     

    You know, any privilege elevation brings a potential risk to the system because the elevated software may be vulnerable to attack.

     

    Thanks.

     

                                                    

    Sincerely, 

    Yog Li 

    Microsoft Online Community Support

     

    Thursday, January 31, 2008 9:04 AM