An unidentified program wants access to your computer
Vista offers a new feature which is called User Account Control. User Account Control, abbreviated UAC, separates user and admin permissions in Windows Vista which increases security. It basically ensures that malicious programs can't be run using administrative privileges without them being first looked at and accepted by the user of the system.
This is great if security is concerned but really painful if you are running programs on a daily basis that require administrative privileges.
Everton from Connected Internet asked if there was a way to run Winrar without the prompt "an unidentified program wants access to your computer". Imagine having to run programs such as Winrar several times a day, always having to allow it to be run on your computer.
There is no obvious way to always allow the application which means that you basically have two choices:
You can disable the User Account Control function completely which disables the complete security feature in Windows Vista. This has the advantage that you will not get prompted if you want to run or install programs that require admin privileges.
The second option would be to change the behavior in the Local Security Settings Microsoft Management Console. I will explain how to do both and start with the easier but more radical one: Disabling the User Account Control feature in Windows Vista.
Disabling User Account Control:
- Press Windows + R, enter msconfig and hit enter.
- Select the Tools tab
- Find Disable UAC / Disable UAP
- Click on Launch
- Restart the Computer
As I said earlier this is a very radical way. If you have the choice use the second method instead which leaves User Account Control enabled and tinkers just a bit with some settings of it.
Customizing User Account Control:
- Press Windows + R, enter secpol.msc and hit enter
- Click on Security Settings
- Local Policies
- Security Options
- Double-click User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode
- Choose Elevate without prompting
- Click ok
This setting becomes immediately active. I suggest you try if it is working by launching a program that prompted for allowance before. It should now start without asking you for it.
Update: Microsoft has updated the feature in recent versions of Windows so that it is less obtrusive and in your face. While you will still see prompts every now and then, you won't be bombarded with dozens of them every day anymore.Advertisement