Administrator Elevation- one of Win11's most disruptive changes?


radsdau

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It seems anywhere I look in Win11 forums I see "you need to log in from an Administrator account" to do anything useful as an Admin. It seems a fundamental difference from Win10, where at least it was possible to do most Admin tasks in a reasonable manner (other than Win-R, then Ctrl+Shift+Enter, which requires you to remember how to spell things like 'devmgmt.msc' etc).

But I've heard nobody talk about this, and discuss the philosophy behind it. I assume there has been some significant thought gone into it, presumably tightening up security, because it changes the the way local admin tasks happen, and frankly, makes Win11 horrible to work with from an Administrative perspective.

It affects us now directly because security policies mandate that all local user accounts are 'standard'. In Win10 you could at least use Admin access and do useful stuff (like open Device Manager as admin). Now it's a monumental pain.

Can anyone please shed some light on this? Is there a reg hack to make it 'normal' again?

TIA


Related: Win11 Can't start Device Manager as Administrator in Win+x menu, can in Win10
 
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radsdau


My local user account is Administrator?
 

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The hidden “Administrator” account is virtually the same as other accounts with administrator permissions. The only difference is that the built-in account doesn’t receive User Account Control (UAC) notifications, which means everything runs elevated. The best explanation I've ever read comes from howtogeek.com


"If you own your own PC and it isn’t managed by your workplace, you’re probably using an administrator account.


But even if you are using an administrator account on Windows, not every application needs full administrator permissions. In fact, that’s bad for security—your web browser shouldn’t have full access to your entire operating system. UAC limits the permissions that applications have, even when you launch them from an administrator account. When you select "run as administrator," it's that hidden administrator account's priviledges that you are using. UAC gets out of the way, and the application is run with full administrator access to everything on your system.


So when you run an app as an administrator, it means you are giving the app special permissions to access restricted parts of your Windows 10 system that would otherwise be off-limits. This brings potential dangers, but it is also sometimes necessary for certain programs to work correctly."
 

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Yes.

 

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Thanks all. But the point is, standard security measures mandate that local users CANNOT be Administrators. We ran like this for years, but now a recent security membership mandates a bunch of changes, this being a non-negotiable.

The in-built Admin account is enabled and UAC set to High, to permit power-user activities, such as installing / updating drivers, changing network adapter settings, etc.

In win10 you could still do Admin stuff, it just popped up a UAC window and you had to know the Admin password to proceed. Now it seems Win11 doesn't even give you that choice. It's so blatant that it must have been a conscious design choice - a crippling one.

See this post for a clear example of what you can no longer do in Win11 that used to be possible in Win10.
 

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Very late for me but your example for Device Manager runs under MMC.exe on Windows 10 and is called with local user account whether or not you press a key combination or not.

This is on Windows 10. I'll try to look at what you're saying more tomorrow if I get time.

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I assume you're speaking of Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise on an Active Directory domain and not Windows 11 Home?
 

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Holding down Ctrl+Shift keys while clicking on Device Manager in the power user menu on my Windows 11 Home does run it as an admin for me with the UAC prompt asking for my consent.
 

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Holding down Ctrl+Shift keys while clicking on Device Manager in the power user menu on my Windows 11 Home does run it as an admin for me with the UAC prompt asking for my consent.
Interesting. Exactly that scenario is what does NOT work for me, and is what I regularly use. I'll have to dig in a bit deeper.
Yes, Pro for all Windows versions.
 

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Yes, Pro for all Windows versions.
But is it in a home environment or are these work computers joined to an Active Directory domain?
 

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It seems anywhere I look in Win11 forums I see "you need to log in from an Administrator account" to do anything useful as an Admin. It seems a fundamental difference from Win10, where at least it was possible to do most Admin tasks in a reasonable manner (other than Win-R, then Ctrl+Shift+Enter, which requires you to remember how to spell things like 'devmgmt.msc' etc).

But I've heard nobody talk about this, and discuss the philosophy behind it. I assume there has been some significant thought gone into it, presumably tightening up security, because it changes the the way local admin tasks happen, and frankly, makes Win11 horrible to work with from an Administrative perspective.

It affects us now directly because security policies mandate that all local user accounts are 'standard'. In Win10 you could at least use Admin access and do useful stuff (like open Device Manager as admin). Now it's a monumental pain.

Can anyone please shed some light on this? Is there a reg hack to make it 'normal' again?

TIA


Related: Win11 Can't start Device Manager as Administrator in Win+x menu, can in Win10
I really can't figure out what you're talking about. I'm running Win 11 Home with my Microsoft account and it runs as an administrator by default. I have none of the issues you mention.
 

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@radsdau As @hdmi said, holding Ctrl+Shift when clicking Device Manger in the Win+X Menu works... however, not sure how it worked in Windows 10, but what you might be missing... I tested this and if you open the menu, hold the keys and click it does NOT work. You have to hold the keys BEFORE opening the menu and it'll work.
 

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really can't figure out what you're talking about
I think he's referring to why when in this forum and others we sometimes say to run as administrator and he wants to know why when his account has administrative priviledges.
example: we might say open a command prompt and run as administrator.

The answer is explained in post #3.
Win11 doesn't even give you that choice.
Yes it does, both from the right click context menu when you select an .exe file as well as from the search results when you search from the start menu.
 

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@radsdau As @hdmi said, holding Ctrl+Shift when clicking Device Manger in the Win+X Menu works... however, not sure how it worked in Windows 10, but what you might be missing... I tested this and if you open the menu, hold the keys and click it does NOT work. You have to hold the keys BEFORE opening the menu and it'll work.
If I hold down those keys, the Win-X menu will not open at all.
 

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Yes, holding Ctrl+Shift, you can not hold Win+X at the same time, it doesn't open, but if you hold Ctrl+Shift you can right-click the start button for the menu to pop up.
 

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I think he's referring to why when in this forum and others we sometimes say to run as administrator and he wants to know why when his account has administrative priviledges.
example: we might say open a command prompt and run as administrator.
No I think he's saying he can't gain admin privileges from a standard account. I've never run a standard account so I have no idea what's needed.
 

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How can you tell if Device Manager is running as admin or not? Mine just always says Device Manager at the top.
 

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    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Radeon 680M and discrete Radeon RX 6800S with 8GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek with Dolby Atmos
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop screen 14" WQXGA, IPS, 120hz refresh rate
    Screen Resolution
    2560 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD (WD Black SN850)
    PSU
    Battery power and Asus power brick/adapter. Also has USB-C charging
    Case
    Laptop
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    Laptop fans in vapor chamber
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    Touchpad and Omoton bluetooth mouse
    Keyboard
    Built in RGB backlit
    Internet Speed
    100mbps
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
Honestly didn't see a difference when I did it either but figured maybe I missed something so I ignored that.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro β
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eg0070wm
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    Memory
    32 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2TB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    macOS Ventura
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Apple iMac 27" 5K (2017)
    CPU
    3.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    Memory
    40 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Radeon Pro 570 4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" 5K, 34" UW
    Screen Resolution
    Mon 1: 5120 × 2880 Mon 2: 2560 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB NVME, 1TB SSD
local users CANNOT be Administrators
Not true.The user that is established when you install windows automatically is put into the administrative group whether it is a microsoft account or a local account. Any new users this account adds can be given administrative privileges as well..
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
No I think he's saying he can't gain admin privileges from a standard account.
A standard user has NEVER had a way to gain administrative privileges. It is and always has been by design. So if that is indeed what he's asking, he's out of luck until the administrator of the computer changes his privileges..
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
A standard user has NEVER had a way to gain administrative privileges. It is and always has been by design. So if that is indeed what he's asking, he's out of luck until the administrator of the computer changes his privileges..
He said this;
It affects us now directly because security policies mandate that all local user accounts are 'standard'. In Win10 you could at least use Admin access and do useful stuff (like open Device Manager as admin). Now it's a monumental pain.
I didn't think it was ever possible either.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
    Motherboard
    MSI B550-A Pro
    Memory
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200
    Graphics Card(s)
    PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 6600XT with 8GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Realtek integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer Nitro 24" RG241Y 144hz refresh rate
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital Black SN770 1 TB NVMe SSD
    Samsung 860 QVO 1 TB SATA SSD
    Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD
    PSU
    LEPA B650 650 watt
    Case
    Enermax Coenus
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper T4 air
    Keyboard
    CM Storm Devastator
    Mouse
    E-Blue Cobra Jr.
    Internet Speed
    100mbs
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    Optical Drives: LG DVD-RW and Pioneer BluRay/ DVD burner
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
    Motherboard
    Asus board (GA402RK)
    Memory
    16 GB Samsung DDR5-4800
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Radeon 680M and discrete Radeon RX 6800S with 8GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek with Dolby Atmos
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop screen 14" WQXGA, IPS, 120hz refresh rate
    Screen Resolution
    2560 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD (WD Black SN850)
    PSU
    Battery power and Asus power brick/adapter. Also has USB-C charging
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    Laptop fans in vapor chamber
    Mouse
    Touchpad and Omoton bluetooth mouse
    Keyboard
    Built in RGB backlit
    Internet Speed
    100mbps
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender

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