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  1.    04 Apr 2018 #1

    UAC keeps popping up


    I've had this annoying problem since the last windows update, UAC keeps popping up every time I try to change windows settings. I've tried changing the UAC settings but the only one that works is to turn it off completely, which I'd rather not. I am logged in to an admin account and I normally have it set to the "don't notify me when I change windows settings" level. I looked everywhere for someone with the same problem but couldn't seem to find anyone, hence this post.
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  2.    04 Apr 2018 #2

    Could you explain what setting triggers this?
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  3.    04 Apr 2018 #3

    Of course, sorry. My main concern is about sound settings (the playback devices menu), seeing as I switch between speakers and headphones pretty frequently. However it also pops up when going into any of the "advanced" setting menus; the ones with separate tabs that change system settings like the advanced power settings or the time settings.

    Basically any menu that looks somewhat like this seems to trigger it:
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    So I'm assuming it's only one specific windows service that has this problem, but I'm not sure.
    It says it's "Windows host process (Rundll32)" if that's any help

    Update: I've installed SoundSwitch to help with the main issue of switching output devices, which I now realize I should've done a while ago, but I'd still like to fix whatever's going on with UAC since I doubt this is the intended behavior.
    Last edited by iantra; 04 Apr 2018 at 07:34.
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  4.    04 Apr 2018 #4

    UAC only pops up if whatever you are trying to do requires administrative privileges.

    In the olden days any program could do whatever they wanted. After 2006 (and the advent of UAC) to make changes to system secured objects admin rights were required.

    You'll still get it if you are using a program created before 2006 when Vista came out.

    I don't want to bang on about UAC but is "SoundSwitch" an old program? Rundll32 is just part of Windows.
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  5.    04 Apr 2018 #5

    Clarification: SoundSwitch was only installed to fix the problem that the UAC malfunction introduced. It works perfectly and has no problems itself with UAC. Rundll32, the windows program, is the one that keeps asking for UAC permissions whenever I try to change windows settings. I understand how UAC works, and that it shouldn't behave in this manner. It worked fine for the past 10 years I've been using windows, and has never asked for permissions while changing settings before, hence this thread.
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  6.    29 Apr 2018 #6

    Bumping this because the problem is still there, hasn't caused any major issues other than annoyance but it is unwanted behavior so I'd like to get to the bottom of it
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       29 Apr 2018 #7

    Try to remove all UAC polices to reset them. Run CMD as admin, copy/paste code and restart.
    Code:
    reg delete "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /f
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  8.    30 Apr 2018 #8

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    Try to remove all UAC polices to reset them. Run CMD as admin, copy/paste code and restart.
    Code:
    reg delete "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /f
    Sadly deleting the key did not work. It did change my UAC settings to always notify me, so it did something, but after I set it back to my preferred behavior I seem to still have the same problem.
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       30 Apr 2018 #9

    iantra said: View Post
    Sadly deleting the key did not work. It did change my UAC settings to always notify me, so it did something, but after I set it back to my preferred behavior I seem to still have the same problem.
    @iantra
    Give this a try. Go to the .exe file for SoundSwitch in Programs or Programs (x86), and set the "Run as Administrator" flag. This pic is just an example. The setting is under compatibility

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       30 Apr 2018 #10

    What security software do you have?

    If you are using Windows Defender, have you enabled Protected Folders?
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