Do you have a program or script that has to be run as administrator and you want a shortcut for it that doesn’t bring up User Account Control (UAC)? Here is a simple trick that will get rid of the annoying UAC prompt.
The trick makes use of Windows Task Scheduler to create a task with highest privileges. The task is then used in a shortcut. First, create the task:
- Open Task Scheduler by entering “sched” (without quotes) in the Start search box. Another way is Control Panel-System and Security-Administrative Tools-Schedule tasks.
- In the right pane of the Task Scheduler interface (shown in a previous tip), click “Create Task”.
- The dialog shown below will open.
- Give the task a name. You will need to use this later.
- Be sure to check the box by “Run with highest privileges”. This is what keeps the UAC prompt from popping up.
- Click the tab “Actions”
- Click the button "New..."
- The dialog window shown below will open.
- Enter or browse to the full path and name of the program you want to run. If it has spaces, enclose the entire path and name in quotation marks.
- Click "OK"
- If you are using a laptop or other battery-powered device, click the "Conditions" tab and remove any power settings that might interfere with running on a battery.
- Click “OK”
Next, you create a shortcut to run the task:
- Right-click on an empty spot on the desktop.
- In the context menu that opens, choose New—Shortcut.
In the box under “Type the location of the item”, enter
schtasks /run /tn "your_taskname"
where your_taskname is what was used in step 4 above. Be sure to keep quotes around the task name.
- Click “Next”
- Enter a name for the shortcut.
- Click “Finish”
- Place the shortcut anywhere convenient.
And there you have it – a shortcut that will run a program with elevated privileges without the UAC dialog popping up.
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