"Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your PC"?

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  1. Posts : 172
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    "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your PC"?


    Hi everybody. I need a t-shirt that says "I survived the upgrade to Windows 10". I started it Sunday afternoon, from Win 7, and finished it Monday afternoon. Whew. Completely lost my home Wifi use, in the process and had to research it on the other PC, which had been upgraded 2 weeks before and experienced the same thing. Had to find a driver for my Asus USB-N53 wifi adapter - a driver that Asus never bothered to upgrade for Windows 10, and I had to find from Medialink, who did the chip.

    Anyway, I'm getting "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your PC?" every single time I start a program now! Is there a setting that will remember my answer after the FIRST time, and not keep asking forever?
    ( why is my text suddenly getting underlined here? )


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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21359
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    Hello MamaBear, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    This is indeed the UAC (User Account Control) prompt that is asking you to approve to allow the app to run as an administrator (elevated). This is a security feature to prevent anything from running with elevated rights without you approving first. UAC doesn't have an exception list since it would defeat its designed purpose.

    Change User Account Control (UAC) Settings in Windows 10 Security System Tutorials
    Last edited by Brink; 03 Dec 2017 at 16:40. Reason: updated link
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  3. Posts : 172
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Brink said:
    Hello MamaBear, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    This is indeed the UAC (User Account Control) prompt that is asking you to approve to allow the app to run as an administrator (elevated). This is a security feature to prevent anything from running with elevated rights without you approving first. UAC doesn't have an exception list since it would defeat its designed purpose.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html
    I'm fine with that. It's just that it's doing it OVER AND OVER, EVERY TIME I open the programs that I've already told it were ok! I want it to ask once, not EVERY SINGLE TIME. COME ON.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    That's what it's designed to do. To prompt you for approval each and every time anything wants to run with elevated rights.

    This way if something was infected, it can't automatically run with elevated rights to have complete unrestricted access to your computer without you approving it first.

    If you like, you can use the method in the tutorial below to create an elevated shortcut to run a program elevated without getting a UAC prompt. Just be warned of what I posted above.

    Create Elevated Shortcut without UAC prompt in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
    Last edited by Brink; 30 May 2017 at 16:01. Reason: updated link
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  5. Posts : 172
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    But how would I know that something was infected anyway, unless MalwareBytes or Microsoft Security Essentials CAUGHT it?
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       #6

    Running and keeping antivirus software up to date would indeed be the best way.
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    Precisely!!!! :)
    MamaBear said:
    But how would I know that something was infected anyway, unless MalwareBytes or Microsoft Security Essentials CAUGHT it?
    Asking for permission to run something that might be dangerous ... with no way for you to know whether or not it is dangerous ... IS UTTERLY STOOOPID.

    If my antivirus says it's infected, it won't let me run that program (and will squirrel it away in the quarantine folder).
    If my antivirus gives no such warning, how am I to know whether it's dangerous?

    It brings to mind the grade-school question "How do you spell <some-difficult-word>".
    Answer: Look it up in the dictionary!

    D'oh!!!!!
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  8. macsrwe's Avatar
    Posts : 24
    Windows 10
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    Despite the moderator's defense of this behavior, my opinion is that it is an idiotic oversight on the part of Microsoft as well.

    I, too, was getting really tired of seeing the warning box saying, "Do you want to allow this app from an unknown publisher to modify your system?" before every execution, and not being able to put the app in my startup list... so I did a web search to see if there were any way to turn that off. I came across
    this posting, where a fellow claimed that any app with the strings patch, install, update, or setup in the name will trigger this warning, while others won't.

    It smacked of voodoo, but I renamed the offending package, netinstall.exe, to netinsttall.exe. After one additional, "do you want to let this app through the firewall" message box (it's a networking app), I never saw the message for that package again!

    Yes, this tip sounds wacky, but I have had occasion to use it multiple times and it has always worked. Not sure how to help you if your app does't contain any of those strings, but if it does, try it, because you have nothing to lose.
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  9. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    If you trust that App and or Program, then set it to run as administrator in its shortcut properties. I have / had one or two programs that prompted every time I launched them. I trust them as I installed them from a reputable source. I don't mind setting those programs to run as admin. I'd rather have to occasionally do that than turn UAC down or off.
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  10. macsrwe's Avatar
    Posts : 24
    Windows 10
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    alphanumeric said:
    If you trust that App and or Program, then set it to run as administrator in its shortcut properties. I have / had one or two programs that prompted every time I launched them. I trust them as I installed them from a reputable source. I don't mind setting those programs to run as admin. I'd rather have to occasionally do that than turn UAC down or off.
    Setting it to run as administrator had absolutely zero effect on this message. It's been set that way forever. Changing the name was the only way to turn this message off. Like you, I don't want to turn UAC off for my entire machine, but (other than my tip) that's the only whitelist option Microsoft offers, and I'm happy to have found one way to avoid using it.
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