Windows: User Account Control can be obnoxious when it prompts you for approval on certain apps every time. Tips and tricks blog MakeUseOf suggests adding frequent offenders to Task Scheduler to avoid this annoyance.
The process is a little tedious but easy enough if you’re familiar with Task Scheduler:
- In Task Scheduler, right-click “Task Scheduler Library” and select “New Folder” Name it whatever you would like.
- Select the new folder and click “Create Task” (not “Create Basic Task”)
- Name the task something descriptive. Enable “Run with highest privileges” and select your OS under “Configure for”.
- Under the Actions tab, select “Start a program” in the Action dropdown if it isn’t already. Click Browse and find your app’s .exe file (usually under Program Files on your C: drive).
- (Laptops) Under Conditions tab, deselect “Start the task only if the computer is on AC power”.
- On your desktop, right click and select New > Shortcut.
- Paste ‘C:WindowsSystem32schtasks.exe /RUN /TN “Name of folder/Name of task” into the text box.
This will create a link to your program that will automatically skip the prompt asking for permission to make changes to your computer. The app’s icon won’t transfer over, but this can be easily fixed.
If you’re comfortable with installing some extra software, you can use zElevator or UAC Trust Shortcut to accomplish this same task with fewer steps. The Task Scheduler method described above can be done completely within Windows, so it’s up to your preference. Hit up MakeUseOf for more info on the differences between these methods and more in-depth instructions.