These prompts are actually caused by a flawed graphics card driver suite. It
launches some program on startup (logon actually) which requires elevated
permissions. This should not happen.
The best way to handle this is to see if the manufacturer of the graphics
card has a Vista compatible driver. This one, by definition, is not, since
the definition of Vista compliant is that it does not launch elevated
applications on logon.
You can use the Application Compatibility Toolkit, as Charlie suggested, to
change the application to not elevate. However, if the application actually
needs elevated permissions, doing so will break it. The toolkit cannot
configure an application to launch elevated without a prompt.
If you cannot find a Vista compliant driver for it you can get rid of the
prompt, if you are willing to lose the functionality of the application. More
than likely, it just puts a tray icon or something on your computer, and it
is not critical to the functioning of the video card. In addition, if that
application is so poorly written that it thinks it needs to run elevated, it
is likely to create a channel that can be exploited by malware.
To disable the application, do the following:
1. Click the Window button
2. In the search box, type msconfig and hit enter
3. Accept the elevation prompt
4. Go to the Startup tab
5. Find the Startup Item corresponding to the application. Not knowing what
video card you have I don't know what it might be called. It should have the
video card manufacturer in the "Manufacturer" column though.
6. Uncheck its box
7. Click OK
8. Reboot and log on. If the prompt went away you disabled the right
application. If not, repeat the steps and try a different application.
Your question may already be answered in Windows Vista Security:
"Robert Moir" wrote:
> "Doo" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> > Unlike a lot of people I actually don't mind the UAC running in the
> > background.
> > BUT...
> > When I boot up my machine I get UAC prompting me to allow Explorer to
> > run and the controls for my graphics card.
> > Is there a way to permanently allow these programs to run? In other
> > words, can you set up allowances for individual programs?
> Well in the first case this wouldn't happen by default, which suggetss that
> what is actually being objected to is something that has 'extended'
> explorer. I'd suggest treating the disease rather than the symptom by
> tracking down what exactly is happening and either stopping it from running
> or obtaining an update.
> Actually, I'd suggest much the same approach for the graphics card stuff.
> Have you by chance done an upgrade from Windows XP? I found similar errors
> on a test machine where the old XP drivers for an ATI graphics card still
> had a driver component listed to start that wasn't required any more. I'd
> suspect something like that because while all the graphics card makers have
> had their fair share of stunning incompetence, they're all on the ball
> enough to notice something like that and nail it down with their updated
> drivers by now.