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Create shortcuts in UAC-free administration mode in Windows 10

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Requests for user access control (UAC) in Windows 10 can be annoying, especially when you frequently run a program that requires administrator permissions. Fortunately, there is a way to create a shortcut that does not require UAC.

This trick works by setting one scheduled activity to run the target application in Administrator mode for you You can then create a desktop shortcut that indicates the task to run, which will bypass the UAC prompt the next time you click the shortcut.

Yes OK technical can disabling UAC prompts altogether – this is an inherently bad idea, as it opens your computer’s security to potential threats and malicious code.

Because to run Task Scheduler you need to click on a UAC prompt that grants you administrator privileges to configure a task, this hack is not really a loophole.

How to create a scheduled task

To start the Task Scheduler, click Start, type Task planner in the search bar, then select the Task Scheduler icon from the search results.

Run the Task Scheduler.

When the Task Scheduler opens, click «Create Task» on the right side of the window.

Click "Create Task" to create a new task.

Give the task a simple name, preferably without spaces, easy to remember, then check the box next to «Run with the highest privileges». You can even make a short description if you want, but it is not necessary.

Give it a memorable name and check the box next to "Run with the highest privileges".

By default, if you set up this task on a laptop, the Task Scheduler will not run the task unless your computer is connected to AC power. If you do not turn off this option, when you click the shortcut, the task will not start the program and will remain in the «Queue» state until you turn on the AC power.

Click the «Conditions» tab and uncheck the box next to «Start the task only if your computer has AC power.»

Uncheck the box next to "Start charging only if your computer has AC power."

Then switch to the «Actions» tab and then click the «New» button to create a new task task.

Go to the Actions tab and click "New" to create an action for the task.

Now click «Browse» to find the application that will run when you start the task.

Click "Browse."

Find the application you want to start, then click «Open» after selecting it in File Explorer.

Find the application you want to run and click "Open."

Click «OK» to save the changes.

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Click «OK» again to complete the task creation process.

Click "OK" to save the changes.

After creating the task, this is all you need to do for this part. If you want to make sure your task is running as expected, select «Task Scheduler Library», right-click the task in the list, and then click «Run» from the context menu.

Find the task, right-click on it and click "Run" to test if it works.

Once all the systems are ready, close the Task Scheduler and write down the name you used for the task.

How to create shortcut to start the task

Now that you’ve successfully completed the task that will open the app, it’s time to create a shortcut that will run the task.

Right-click an empty spot on the desktop, and then select New> Shortcut from the context menu.

Create a new desktop shortcut.

In the window that appears, we need to write the command that executes the scheduled task, replacing it with the name of the task I used earlier. Be sure to keep quotation marks around the name. It should look like this:

schtasks / run / tn ""

Click «Next» after entering the order.

Type the next command, making sure you use the name of the task you created earlier.

Give the new shortcut a useful name and click «Finish» to create it.

Give the shortcut a name and click "Finish".

Now, the desktop has a shortcut icon that will run the task that starts the application in Administrator mode, without a UAC prompt, when you double-click it.

Voila!  A new shortcut that opens the application.

However, the fun does not end here. If you want to change it a little more, right-click the shortcut and then select «Properties» from the context menu.

Open the Properties menu to further change the shortcut.

Because the shortcut executes a command to start the task, the command prompt will open for an instance, run the schtasks command, and then close before the application opens. If you want, you can set it to the minimum when you open the shortcut so that the command prompt does not flash on the screen.

Click the drop-down menu next to «Run» and select «Minimized» from the list below.

Change the value next to "Run" to "Minimized" so that the command prompt does not flash on the screen when you run.

Then click «Change Icon» to customize the shortcut icon.

Then change the icon.

If you receive this message, don’t worry, click «OK» to continue.

Click "OK" if you receive this warning.

Now, you can scroll through the suggested icons or click «Browse» and find the app you open with the task. Select «Open» to view the icons.

Find the application file and click "Open" to see a list of its icons.

Select the application icon and click «OK» to save the changes.

Choose an icon from the list and click "OK" when you

Select «OK» again to save all changes and return to the desktop.

Click "OK" to save the changes and close the Properties menu.

Now you have a shortcut that looks good – it even looks like the app you’re opening – and you don’t have an annoying UAC message to stop you.

Look at that beautiful icon.  It looks exactly like the normal application icon.

This is all. Repeat this process for any other applications commonly used to bypass UAC requests.

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