Using Process Explorer to view process integrity levels
A friend asked me how to open a Control Panel applet As Administrator. In Windows Vista, when you see a little shield icon as part of a button or shortcut, that would indicate that you would get prompted by the User Account Control (UAC) facility to elevate the process Integrity Level, that is, to run it as an administrator with full rights to muck with the system.
In Windows 7, the frequency of UAC prompts has been reduced. You will still see the shield icon, but sometimes thereâ€™s no UAC prompt.
You can use Microsoft SysInternals Process Explorer tool to view the integrity levels of running processes. On campus, you can run the tool from \\files\software\utilities\sysinternals\procexp.exe. Once youâ€™ve started Process Explorer, there are two things youâ€™ll want to do:
- From the File menu, select the Show Details for All Processes option (you noted the shield icon, yes?).
- From the View menu, choose Select Columnsâ€¦ and check Integrity Level item (on the Process Image tab; see below)