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UAC virtualization is a feature that is automatically managed by the Windows operating system, and there isn't a manual switch to enable or disable it. It operates in the background to ensure compatibility for older applications that may not be UAC-aware.

Here's a general guideline on how UAC virtualization works:

  1. Legacy Applications: When a legacy application designed for older versions of Windows tries to write to a system-protected location (e.g., Program Files directory) while running with standard user privileges, UAC virtualization comes into play.

  2. Automatic Virtualization: If the application is not UAC-aware, UAC virtualization automatically redirects the write operation to a virtualized location within the user's profile (e.g., %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore).

  3. Compatibility: This allows the legacy application to function as if it has write access to the system location without requiring administrative privileges.

As a user, you generally don't need to enable or disable UAC virtualization manually. However, if you are experiencing compatibility issues with a specific application, here are a few things you can try:

  1. Run as Administrator: Right-click on the application's executable file and select "Run as administrator." This gives the application elevated privileges, and UAC virtualization might not be necessary in this case.

  2. Compatibility Mode: Right-click on the application's executable, go to the "Compatibility" tab, and try running the application in compatibility mode for an earlier version of Windows.

  3. Update the Application: If possible, check if there are updates or patches for the application that make it more compatible with newer versions of Windows and UAC.

Remember that while UAC virtualization can help with compatibility, it's often better to use applications that are designed to be UAC-aware and compatible with the security features of the latest Windows versions. If you have a specific issue or application in mind, providing more details may help in offering more targeted advice.

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