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User Account Control (UAC) message: "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?"

Christopher H Updated by Christopher H


When launching the software the following Windows UAC message is displayed:


Performing the following tasks can trigger a UAC message:

  • Running an Application as an Administrator
  • Changes to system-wide settings
  • Changes to files in folders that standard users don't have permissions for (such as %SystemRoot% or %ProgramFiles% in most cases)
  • Changes to an access control list (ACL), commonly referred to as file or folder permissions
  • Installing and uninstalling applications outside of: The %USERPROFILE% (e.g. C:\Users\{logged in user}) folder and its sub-folders
  • Installing device drivers
  • Installing ActiveX controls
  • Changing settings for Windows Firewall
  • Changing UAC settings
  • Configuring Windows Update
  • Adding or removing user accounts
  • Changing a user's account name or type
  • Creating a new account or deleting a user account
  • Turning on Guest account (Windows 7 and 8.1)
  • Turning on network discovery, file and printer sharing, Public folder sharing, turning off password protected sharing or turning on media streaming
  • Configuring Parental Controls (in Windows 7) or Family Safety (Windows 8.1)
  • Running Task Scheduler
  • Backing up and restoring folders and files
  • Merging and deleting network locations
  • Turning on or cleaning logging in Remote Access Preferences
  • Running Color Calibration
  • Changing remote, system protection or advanced system settings
  • Restoring backed-up system files
  • Viewing or changing another user's folders and files
  • Running Disk Defragmenter, System Restore or Windows Easy Transfer (Windows 7 and 8.1)
  • Running Registry Editor
  • Running the Windows Experience Index assessment
  • Troubleshoot audio recording and playing, hardware / devices and power use
  • Change power settings, turning off Windows features, uninstall, change or repair a program
  • Change date and time and synchronizing with an Internet time server
  • Installing and uninstalling display languages
  • Change Ease of Access administrative settings

When running our software, the first item on the list is most likely responsible the UAC message being generated:

Running an Application as an Administrator


Regular users will not see this message. Only users with administrative permissions will. If the user is not performing administrative tasks they should not be using a Windows user account with administrative permissions.

If you are not familiar with Windows user permissions and how to check or edit them, contact the administrator of the computer.

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