Windows 10: UAC tells me I dont have privileges to select my graphics card?


  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 64bit pro
       11 Aug 2016 #1

    UAC tells me I dont have privileges to select my graphics card?


    Hi!

    I am at the end of my tether on what to do so I hope someone here may help me

    I upgraded to Windows 10 pro 64 from win 7 pro 64bit a month ago and all is fine except for this one nagging issue, which i have gotten around but in doing so it stops me from using other features it seems:

    When I upgraded to windows 10, i noticed suddenly that a great many of my programs and games, all have the little blue and yellow shield icon attached to their launch shortcuts and exes and as it appears now when i go to select which graphics card to use (i have an nvidia one and an intel built in and surprisingly the intel one is very useful in running somethings especially older games) i get a most annoying message telling me i do have not have the privileges to change the card from the right click menu as i normally could on windows 7. This brings up the Nvidia control panel but in it, the programs exe's are not changeable at all in terms of the card to use.

    I do not at all understand this seemingly arbitrary restriction by microsoft on me simply choosing which one of my cards to use for which ever program i choose - i am the administrator of my own laptop and am signed in to my admin account

    the only way i have been able to shut this restriction off is to change the local security policy setting to disable it. simply going to the UAC settings in the normal settings section does notthing to change it, i had to go into the local security policy.

    Am i the only person to have encountered this annoying issue?

    Now with the setting turned off though, i am unable to use some features of windows 10 it seems, such as hte feedback and even cortana i think is not working, telling me interests are not available, at other points too i get the message come up that i cannot do said activity from the built-in admin account, even though i am not in th ebuilt-in admin account, but i think changing the local security policy setting makes windows 10 think that i am

    so, my query is whether there is a way that can have the local security policy settings back to normal, but without the stupid UAC thing blocking me from using the graphics card of my choosing. - ie can i just somehow switch off this part specifically, as there is really no need for it, and its not as though windows 10 cant handle me choosing which card to use, as it will allow me just fine with the local security polciy uac setting changed
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  2. Posts : 146
    Windows 10 Ent, Pro & Home
       11 Aug 2016 #2

    Sounds like you have artifacts from Windows 7, from the upgrade. This has always been a problem of upgrading vs clean install. I would suggest doing a clean install.
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  3. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 64bit pro
       11 Aug 2016 #3

    i know that this is always the suggestion, but i really cant afford to do a clean install at the moment, - would there be someway to find this "artifacts" also if i do want to do a clean install of windows 10 pro - how do i do this exactly? - actually i will look that up
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  4. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 64bit pro
       11 Aug 2016 #4

    actually looking it up is horrifying - all manner of pages with long complicated procedures on doing clean installs, - where is the best place to go to regarding clean install of windows 10, if it is the case that no one can help me wth my initial enquiry
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  5. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 64bit pro
       11 Aug 2016 #5

    what kind of weird artifact exactly would it be that is stopping me with this UAC restriction in any case? surely it can be fixed without needing a clean install
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  6.    11 Aug 2016 #6

    Now... I will suggest doing a clean Install.. But if just some games are not able to open.. u can disable UAC for specific Icons instead of disabling it completely for operating system.

    UAC Pass - freeAvvArea
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  7.    11 Aug 2016 #7

    In case it's not clear from the prior posts, this is not normal Win 10 behavior in an admin account.

    You appear to have determined that you are using an admin account. That you were permitted to alter the security settings must verify that. I'm unaware of a simple way to fix a Windows installation that is as corrupt as yours appears to be.

    I'm surprised that you think that a clean install is complex. It isn't: all that you need is a bootable USB drive or DVD. Having to re-install all of your programs and settings might take a while, though.
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  8.    11 Aug 2016 #8

    bobkn said: View Post
    In case it's not clear from the prior posts, this is not normal Win 10 behavior in an admin account.

    You appear to have determined that you are using an admin account. That you were permitted to alter the security settings must verify that. I'm unaware of a simple way to fix a Windows installation that is as corrupt as yours appears to be.

    I'm surprised that you think that a clean install is complex. It isn't: all that you need is a bootable USB drive or DVD. Having to re-install all of your programs and settings might take a while, though.
    For some users clean install is not a very easy way to do it, for techies like us its Just installing OS, doing some drivers and downloading some EXEs from internet. For some It can be complected and can affect work.
    Been working for tech support industry for 7 years .....people can have there quickbooks, Network printers, RDP accesses or tons of critical things which may need more time, effort or technical knowledge to setup. If a workaround can provide a fix, why put hours of effort
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  9.    11 Aug 2016 #9

    manish9009 said: View Post
    For some users clean install is not a very easy way to do it, for techies like us its Just installing OS, doing some drivers and downloading some EXEs from internet. For some It can be complected and can affect work.
    Been working for tech support industry for 7 years .....people can have there quickbooks, Network printers, RDP accesses or tons of critical things which may need more time, effort or technical knowledge to setup. If a workaround can provide a fix, why put hours of effort
    I agree completely. And that workaround would be...?

    It occurs to be that what used to be called a "repair install" may fix the problem. That is installing Windows 10 as an upgrade over itself. It's done just like it would be done (from an .ISO) over an older OS. You can choose to preserve your files, applications, and settings. That should be the most painless way of proceeding, absent any expert fixes for the problem.

    If you get the current .ISO using the Media Creation Tool, you could also update Win 10 to 1607 (build 14393).

    Best of luck.
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  10. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 64bit pro
       11 Aug 2016 #10

    thanks, - i dont understand why my upgrade to windows 10 should be so "corrupt" as you say, everything else is running fine, it is just this weird UAC message thing i get that is otherwise irking me. I am logged into my same account (not the built in admin account) that i had when i got the laptop last year

    Regarding clean install, it is something i dont have time for at the moment, with all the other stuff i would need to reinstall, but i may do it later when i have some time. I would be happy if you can just direct me to the best site or wherever that goes step by step through a 'clean install' which i am taking here is different to repair install?

    thanks Manish9009 for you understanding also, yes if there was some way to root out this niggling issue that would be great, and which is why i started this thread, to see if someone may have an answer.
    regarding the Local Security Policy option - to get windows to stop blocking me from selecting which gfx i wish to use, i disabled the following in the Security options "Run all administrators in admin approval mode"
    maybe there is another option i could take which just overrides the UAC thingy on this specific issue and lets me reenable the above setting?
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