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  1. Hellopaul's Avatar
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       #10

    Thanks for the welcome, @Brink!

    Brink said:
    I'm afraid UAC doesn't have an exception list since that would defeat the purpose of UAC to notify you for approval whenever anything wants to run with elevated rights. Anything running with elevated rights will have full access to everything on the PC, so it helps improve security by being able to approve this first.
    ...but if it's an app I know and trust, I want to be able to tell Win10 to just run it.

    Brink said:
    If an app you had in an exception list should get infected or spoofed by malware or a virus, it would be able to easily run elevated without you ever knowing.
    But how did Windows 7 manage it? Whenever I installed something new, I'd get the usual alert, then I'd tell Win7 that particular app is fine, and never see that warning again. I accept that if an app I've "approved" subsequently got infected, it could be dangerous. But surely that's way better than setting that UAC slider to "never alert me", which would mean that any app - including ones newly installed - could get infected (or already be infected) and wreak havoc unchecked? That UAC slider just seems way to simplistic, with the options of "alert me EVERY time I run an app" or "never tell me anything".
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #11

    UAC works the same in Windows 10 as it did in Windows 7.

    Could it have been the Open File - Security Warning prompt like below instead that you unchecked the Always ask before opening this file box to unblock the file?

    Unblock File in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       #12

    You can use the method in the tutorial below to create an elevated shortcut to run the app elevated without getting a UAC prompt though.

    Create Elevated Shortcut without UAC prompt in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  4. Hellopaul's Avatar
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       #13

    Thanks for those suggestions! I'll take a more thorough look at doing that later on (too busy with work at the mo!).
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       #14

    You're most welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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  6. Hellopaul's Avatar
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       #15

    Brink said:
    You can use the method in the tutorial below to create an elevated shortcut to run the app elevated without getting a UAC prompt though.

    Create Elevated Shortcut without UAC prompt in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    Thank you for creating that very precise and detailed guide! I created a couple of elevated shortcuts/tasks for Core Temp and GPU-Z temperature monitoring apps which I use all the time; presumably because they're probing into the darkest depths of my GPU and CPU, they frightened the OS into panicking. But no longer!
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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