One way to circumvent that is to simply disable UAC. This is not a good idea and is not recommended, as all programs and tasks will run as administrator. This can have devastating effects should your computer become compromised.
Yet it is annoying to have so many barriers to your own computer, if you know what you are doing and what consequences your actions will have.
Windows also includes an elevated mode of running programs which does not prompt you for UAC permission, but also does not disable the UAC.
To run a program with elevated privileges, follow these steps:
- Click Start (or press the Windows key).
- Type the name of the program.
- Press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER
For example, to run Notepad with elevated privileges (suppose you want to edit your computer’s HOSTS file), press Start (Windows key on keyboard), type “notepad” then hold CTRL and SHIFT while you press ENTER. You may be prompted to allow elevated privilege; if you accept, notepad will have elevated privileges (and will allow you to open/make changes to the HOSTS file). This works in Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista.