PrivBar Update

PrivBar is a toolbar I first published over seven years ago (!) for Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer.  I updated it three years ago to add support for x64.  Today I am updating it to offer better support for Vista and Windows 7 and the corresponding Server versions.  Specifically, instead of showing a group name…

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LUA Buglight 2.1.1 with support for Win7/2008R2 SP1

LUA Buglight 2.1.1 is was attached to this blog post and replaces v2.1.  It adds support for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.  It also fixes a localization bug. Now that I’ve (pretty much) finished work on the Windows Sysinternals Administrators Reference, maybe I can find time to write documentation for LUA…

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LUA Buglight tips: opening a report file

I wish I had the time to write up proper documentation for LUA Buglight, the utility I wrote that identifies admin-rights issues in desktop applications.  LUA Buglight is one of many “spare time” projects I work on, and for the past year and a half or so, it, like pretty much all my other “spare time”…

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LUA Buglight 2.1 released

LUA Buglight 2.1, identifies admin-permissions issues (“LUA bugs”) in desktop applications.  New version supports Windows 7 (x86 and x64), Vista (x86 and x64), XP (x86 only) and corresponding Server OSes. The download and more information is on this page: http://blogs.msdn.com/aaron_margosis/pages/LuaBuglight.aspx

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LUA Buglight

LUA Buglight 2.1 is here.  LUA Buglight identifies admin-permissions issues (“LUA bugs”) in desktop applications.  I’ve made a lot of changes to LUA Buglight since the last “2.0 Preview” that I posted, so the version number has been bumped up: Support for Windows 7, Vista and XP, and corresponding Servers (2008 R2, 2008, 2003) Support…

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The Return of PrivBar (x86 and x64)

I recently switched internet service providers, not realizing when I did that PrivBar and MakeMeAdmin would suddenly disappear from the internet when they un-provisioned my space on their servers.  Oops. To try to compensate you for the inconvenience, PrivBar is now available once again, now in x86 and x64 versions.  So if you are running an…

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Scripting Elevation on Vista

[Added 2007-07-02, 16:41 Eastern Time:  I was thoroughly and inexcusably remiss in failing to include a reference to Michael Murgolo’s excellent TechNet Magazine article, Script Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista.  I’m rectifying that now.] As I mentioned recently, although the RunAs.exe console utility still exists on Windows Vista and will let you run a program…

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FAQ: Why can’t I bypass the UAC prompt?

The frequently asked question, “Why can’t I bypass the UAC prompt?” is often accompanied by statements like one or more of the following: “We want our application to run elevated automatically without prompting the user.” “I don’t get why I can’t authorize an application ONCE and be done with it.” “Unix has setuid root which…

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And so this is Vista…

What becomes of all my earlier non-admin tips, tricks and recommendations vis-à-vis RunAs, MakeMeAdmin, PrivBar and their interactions with IE and Explorer? The short answer is that Vista changes just about everything with respect to running with least privilege. Windows Vista makes running as a standard user (non-admin) much more pleasant, feasible and secure than…

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Follow-up on "Setting color for *all* CMD shells based on admin/elevation status"

[Updated, 2007-06-27]  This is the (overdue) follow-up to my earlier blog post about setting the color and title of all CMD windows based on the admin/elevation status of that window. First of all, as some commenters noted — and as I had discovered as well — having the COLOR command run in the CMD autorun…

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