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Hi there AutoIt-Community

Long time reader (thanks for all the help), first time writer here.

I have a problem with #Requireadmin in my script.

It happens when u execute it with user privileges and UAC is turned off.

I narrowed it down to #Requireadmin, cause the same problem appears when I write a simple script like

MsgBox(0, "Test", "Test")

This script causes Autoit to spawn itself in a loop over and over again. I couldn't even kill the process. I had to restart to make it stop.

Once I comment #Requireadmin out it works without a problem.

The script works fine with administrator privileges or when UAC is turned on, then it correctly asks me for admin credentials under a user account.

I am using AutoIt v3.3.6.0 (also tried it with v3.3.4.0) under Windows 7 Professional x64.

I would be very thankful for any help.

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Just wanted to say that I had time today to test out my problem on some other operating systems.

It was the same at Windows 7 Professional x32 and Windows Vista Business x32.

I am curios if I am just unable to install Windows several times or if this is really a bug.

Could somebody please try to reproduce this and tell me how it worked?

All you have to do is create an account with user permissions, deactivate UAC (restart afterwards, of course) and then run the following script

MsgBox(0, "Test", "Test")

I don't get the MessageBox. As soon as I run the script I see the hourglass flashing constantly and when I check the running processes in the Task Manager I see my script starting and stopping all the time.

Again, I have no problem whatsoever when I run the script as an Administrator (naturally) or when UAC is turned on.

Edited by Tankman
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Well, that teaches me to also search for open bug reports and not only in the forum :-)

Thanks for the hint MHz.

In the meantime I found a little workaround.

When I compile my Script with SciTE and set the Au3Wrapper-Setting "Execution Level" to "Requireadministrator" it works much better.

The script doesn't get elevated to Admin under User-credentials when UAC is turned off, but at least it doesn't create an executing loop.

Of course it would be most perfect if Users get asked for Adminrights even when UAC is turned off, but it seems that isn't possible.

Thanks again.

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maybe a solution:

If Not IsAdmin () Then
    ;little Gui asking for username, password input, O.K and Cancel button and then restart your exe
    RunAs (@ScriptDir & "\myexe.exe",........)



Hi Stefan

Thanks for your post.

I never tried it with IsAdmin() cause I read in another forum post that the function doesn't work when UAC is disabled.

But I will give it a try tomorrow and report back if it worked.

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A small addition, as it took me a while to get the manifest based solution to work.

Autoit embeds a manifest section into the executable. Its content can be controled with compiler directives (that can be inserted with SciTE AutoIt Wrapper). The directive to require admin rights is #AutoIt3Wrapper_Res_requestedExecutionLevel=requireAdministrator.

Hope this reply is not out of place, but it took me *quite* some time to realize that I could not and did not have to bind another manifest but set an option.

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Sorry it took me so long to get back to you guys.

I played around with IsAdmin() and found out that the function works even when UAC is turned off.

I decided against trying to run the script again with RunAs() and just check if the process is running with Adminrights, if not then I write out an error with MsgBox().

To sum everything up... I created a script that was compiled with SciTE using the AU3Wrapper-Setting


and a simple code that checks for Adminrights like

If Not Isadmin() Then
    MsgBox(48,"Error", "Error")

I am satisfied with the way it behaves now, although a properly working #RequireAdmin would still be nice.

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  • 3 years later...

Issue no longer exists since who knows what update, but it does for windows 8.

I can run applications fine using run command, but somehow application is blocked from drag and drop.

Why would microsoft make such a feature anyway.

I hope there will be a fix for that caz every single program i run using autoit has drag and drop disabled because of windws 8 security.

Even firefox doesnt have spellcheck because of that :(

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Talk to Microsoft. For example, start Notepad using right click "Run as administrator", you can't drag and drop into it after that. I'm guessing they do it that way because of security reasons, running a program under Admin credentials might open up security holes.

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