User Account Control, or just UAC is a part of the Windows security system which prevents apps from making unwanted changes on your PC. When some software tries to change system-related parts of the Registry or the file system, Windows 10 shows an UAC confirmation dialog, where the user should confirm if he really wants to make those changes. Usually, the apps that require elevation are related to the management of Windows or your computer in general. A good example would be the Registry Editor app. If the application you are using frequently requires a UAC request every time you start it, confirming the prompt on every launch can get a bit annoying. In this article, we will see how to create a shortcut to run apps elevated without a UAC prompt in Windows 10.
To skip the UAC prompt and start an app elevated, you need to create a special task in the Windows Task Scheduler which allows executing apps with admin privileges. The Task Scheduler has a graphical MMC version (taskschd.msc) which we will use.
In the tutorial below, I will show you how to make Regedit run elevated without a UAC prompt showing up. You can use these steps for any app you want to launch elevated.
Creating a shortcut to run apps elevated without a UAC prompt in Windows 10
- Open Control Panel.
- Go to Control Panel \ System and Security \ Administrative Tools.
- In the newly opened window, double-click the shortcut "Task Scheduler":
- In the left pane, click the item "Task Scheduler Library":
- In the right pane, click on the link "Create task":
- A new window titled "Create Task" will be opened. On the "General" tab, specify the name of the task. Pick an easily recognizable name like "App name - elevated". In my case, I will use "Regedit - elevated".
You can also fill in the description if you want.
- Now tick the checkbox named "Run with highest privileges":
- Switch to the "Actions" tab. There, click the "New..." button:
- The "New Action" window will be opened. There, you can specify the path to the executable (.exe file) of the app you are trying to run elevated without a UAC prompt. In my case, I will enter
See the following screenshot:
Note: by default, apps started by tasks like the one we just created will start with no focus. Their windows might appear in background.
If you are not happy with this issue, then use the following trick:
- In "Program/Script", enter the following:
In "Add agruments", type the following:
/c start "" program.exe [program arguments if required]
- Click "OK" in the "New Action" dialog to apply your settings and close it.
- Switch to the "Conditions" tab:
- Stop if the computer switches to battery power
- Start the task only if the computer is on AC power
See the following screenshot:
- Now, click "OK" to close the "Create Task" window. Now that you've created the task, it's a good time to test it. Right click it and select "Run" from the context menu. It should open the app you specified:
- Now, to create a new shortcut to launch the app from your Desktop.
Right click the empty space on your Desktop and select New -> Shortcut:
- In the location of the item, enter the following:
schtasks /run /tn "your task name"
In my case, it should be the following command:
schtasks /run /tn "Regedit - elevated"
- Name your shortcut however you like:
- Finally, pick an appropriate icon for the shortcut you have created and you are done:
Watch the following video to see all steps in action:
That's it. As you can see, creating elevated shortcuts involves a lot of actions and a notable amount of time.
To save your time, you can use Winaero Tweaker. The feature called "Elevated Shortcut" does exactly everything mentioned above and helps you to create elevated shortcuts quickly.
- Download and unpack the Winaero Tweaker app.
- Go to Tools \ Elevated Shortcut:
- Create a shortcut using its friendly user interface and you are done!
Also, there is another good thing about Winaero Tweaker. By default Task Scheduler run all tasks at Below Normal process priority. But Winaero's Elevated Shortcut fixes this by running the shortcut at Normal priority.
The same can be done in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.