When you perform a task that requires administrative rights in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008, the User Account Control (UAC) dialog box appears. User Account Control restricts applications to standard user privileges, even in a user account with administrator rights assigned to it. When you launch applications, they run as a regular user, unless specifically approved for admin rights.
User Account Control approval occurs on a per-application basis. If you have an app that you know, trust and use frequently and that requires administrator rights, you can download a free tool we found called UAC Trust Shortcut that allows you to disable User Account Control for a specific app.
Download the UAC trust shortcut from
NOTE. There are two files in the download UAC trust shortcut zip file. The UAC trust shortcut requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to be installed. If you have Microsoft .NET Framework 4, you can install the UAC trust shortcut using the included .msi file.
If you need Microsoft .NET Framework 4, use the included .exe to install the UAC trust shortcut. It downloads Microsoft .NET Framework 4 automatically and installs it for you. Then it runs the .msi file to install the UAC trust shortcut.
We used the .exe file to install the UAC Trust Shortcut because we don’t have Microsoft .NET Framework 4 installed yet. Double-click the setup.exe file to start the installation. Follow the installation steps.
If you want to install a UAC trust shortcut for all users on your computer, select the “Everyone” radio button on the “Select Install Location” screen. Otherwise, select the “Only me” radio button.
As an example, in this post we will create a shortcut to CCleaner, a useful program for cleaning up your Windows computer. It protects your online privacy and makes your computer faster and safer. If you would like to install CCleaner to use and use it as an example while following the steps in this post, you can download CCleaner from
Each time CCleaner starts, the User Account Control dialog box is displayed. The new shortcut will allow us to launch CCleaner without displaying the User Account Control dialog box.
To launch the UAC Trust shortcut, click All Programs on the Start menu and select UAC Trust Shortcut.
In the UAC Trust Shortcut dialog box, click the Add Another Program button to activate the fields in the dialog box.
The User Account Control dialog box opens. Click Yes.
Enter a name for your shortcut in the Name edit box. You must choose a name other than the original program shortcut. Click the Browse button.
Navigate to the folder where the program you want to create a shortcut for is installed and select the .exe file for the program. In our case, we selected the CCleaner.exe file. Click Open.
The full path to the executable file is inserted into the Path edit field. Click the Add Now link under the Browse button to create a shortcut.
You can continue to add shortcuts for other programs that require permission using the User Account Control dialog box by repeating the steps above. When you’re done creating shortcuts, click the X button in the upper right corner of the dialog to close the UAC trust shortcut.
A new shortcut has been added to the desktop. Double-click the new shortcut to open the program without going through the User Account Control dialog box.
The UAC Trust Shortcut installs a service that runs in the background to activate the shortcuts you created. The next time you start your computer, a dialog box appears asking if you want to start the service. If you do not want this dialog to appear every time Windows starts, select the Do not display this prompt next time check box. Select the Enable UAC Trust Label Service now check box to start the service.
NOTE. If you select the Do not display this prompt next time check box, we recommend that you select the Enable UAC Trust Label Service Now option. Otherwise, you will have to start the service manually.
The User Account Control dialog box prompts you for permission to run the program that starts the service. Click Yes.
Make sure you know and trust the programs for which you have disabled User Account Control using the UAC trust shortcut, and that you have selected the correct program executables. Enjoy!