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  1. Joined : Dec 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 pro
       4 Weeks Ago #21

    This is the most easy and effective way of doing it. Takes two minutes and a reboot. That's it.
    Works on Windows 10 Pro.
    I know this is an "old" thread but when searching this problem it's top of the list in google, so that's why I wanted to share this update.

    Credits to the one who posted this in another forum, I didn't find this solution myself, just tried it and it worked straight away!

    Warning; after the reboot when you're back in windows it takes a couple of seconds for the shield icon to dissapear so don't freak out when you see it after the reboot, it works!


    Set on the option "View hidden files and folders".
    Go to C:\Users"username"\App Data\Local\ where IconCache.db file is.
    Rename it (for example: IconCache1.db) or create a new folder there and put it inside.
    Hide system files and folders again. (If you want it)
    And the file will be there just in case you need it again.
    Reboot and wait a few seconds.

    That's it.
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  2. Joined : Dec 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       3 Weeks Ago #22

    Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but doesnt the cmd c/ start "" command mentioned by Micheal simply run the program without administrator rights?
    If so why not just go to the program roots folder -> right click on the .exe files and select "Properties" -> Select Compatibility tab and uncheck "Run this program as an administrator". After that, either make a new shortcut on the desktop or reset icon cache (Icon Cache - Rebuild in Windows 10) and the UAC shield icon overlay for that shortcut will be gone. By doing this you can open your non-shield-overlay-shortcut without seeing the splashing screen of the command prompt.

    The catch is that the program will just run without administrator rights with "might" limit some of its function (not really sure about this, I havent gotten any issues so far). There are also other methods to launch a program as admin: via a .bat script ( powershell - How to run an application as "run as administrator" from the command prompt? - Stack Overflow ) then create the shortcut of that .bat file or via an elevated shortcut: ( Elevated Shortcut without UAC - Create in Windows 10).

    These methods worked for me but as my knowledge simply came from a bit Googling, they might be wrong. Any expert input are appreciated.
    Last edited by Brink; 3 Weeks Ago at 10:37. Reason: updated link
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  3. Joined : Dec 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       2 Weeks Ago #23

    Shield might not be a standard icon

    This is not a standard icon (sort of).

    It is used as an overlay of the program's icon when the program has admin rights.
    If you can find out where this icon is, and can edit it, just change all pixels to transparent.
    While it will still be used, it won't be seen.
    The one in imageres.dll seems to be a regular icon, so changing it might not work.
    There's another one in user32.dll, also a regular icon. There may be a few elsewhere as well.

    I use Microangelo to look for and edit icons. If you're going to try changing one, save it first so if it doesn't work, you can replace it.
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