Prompting for Elevation on the Secure Desktop

One of the most annoying aspects of UAC is the screen dimming when you get prompted for elevation. The elevation prompt is being displayed on the special “Secure Desktop” where only trusted System-level processes are allowed to run.  This is done so malware can’t spoof the prompt. Continue reading

Hyper-V General Access Denied

I recently made a change to a VM that I wanted to roll back but I didn’t have a snapshot.  So I turned the VM off, renamed the old vhd, and copied a recent backup from another machine.  When I went to start the VM I was greeted with an access denied and the following event in the Hyper-V event log:

‘Win7Seqx86’: IDE/ATAPI Account does not have sufficient privilege to open attachment ‘H:\VM\Win7Seqx86\Win7Seqx86.vhd’. Error: ‘General access denied error’ (0x80070005). (Virtual machine ID ECA0BD63-76CE-4C5E-96AB-44F0D635CBB3)

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