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How do I disable User Account Control for luna.exe

A while back a change occurred in the browser and now Lunascape requires User Account Control (UAC) in order to execute. Is there any way to turn this off?
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  • Hi Richard Rein,

    Thanks for using Lunascape. Lunascape installer does not prompt User Account Control, but your Windows system does. Lunascape does not control the UAC, unfortunately. Thanks for asking, though.
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  • Hi Shoko,

    Thank you for you prompt response. There is something about UAC that I am not understanding. Whenever I launch Lunascape, I am prompted by UAC. This never used to happen and I don't know how to go back to a place where this doesn't occur. From your answer it is apparently not caused by Lunascape but I don't know how to stop it without disabling UAC for all programs. Can you help me to bypass UAC for just Lunascape?
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  • Hi Richard Rein,

    I see. That sounds strange...Would you give us the following info?

    1)Do you see the UAC window whenever you launch Lunascape?

    2)Does this happen only when you launch Lunascape or happen in other application as well?

    3)If only in Lunascape, would you give us the system Info (you can go to Help > About Lunascape and copy the info)?

    4)Did you install some add-ons or security software before this happens?

    Thanks for your info in advance.
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  • Hi Shoko,

    1. Every time I launch Lunascape I get the UAC window.

    2. It happens only on some isolated programs but not on any other browser.

    3. Here is Help > About

    Lunascape Core Version 6.5.3.24302 / Unicode
    Operating System Version 6.1.7601
    Internet Explorer Version 9.0.8112.16421
    Gecko Plugin Version 3.6.18.24307 / Gecko 1.9.2.18
    WebKit Plugin Version 1.3.7.24306 / WebKit 534.24 r80840
    Memory Total,AvailPhys / 4024479744,1882079232
    Memory Total,AvailVirtual / 2147352576,1371115520
    Processor Architecture,Type,Revision,NumberOfProcessors,OemId / 0,586,3853,2,0

    4. I am using the following add-ons:

    Google toolbar for Firefox
    HTTPS - Everywhere
    Microsoft ,NET Framework Assistant
    Norton Safety Minder
    Norton Toolbar
    Symantec IPS
    Track Me Not
    Yahoo Toolbar

    I have no idea where some of these came from but I definitely need
    Google Toolbar and Yahoo Toolbar

    Richard Rein
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  • Hi Richard,

    Thanks for your information.
    You mentioned that some isolated applications have this problem, that means, not just Lunascape but other application has the same problem? It seems that your Windows system somehow acts strangely...Have you try uninstall and reinstall Lunascape? If your Windows system doing to Lunascape, unfortunately, we can't help you much...
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  • Hi Shoko,

    Sorry I didn't explain myself well. Those isolated programs which invoke UAC were done so intentionally the developer. Apparently the Lunascape developers do not intend for the program to use it.
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  • Hello again,

    I will, however, reinstall Lunascape and let you know what happens.
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  • I reinstalled Lunascape and nothing has changed. I notice that on the desktop icon used to launch Lunascape, there is a small shield on the lower right. I assume this means that UAC will be invoked. Is that correct? Is there any way to change this?
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  • Hi there,

    Sorry for hijacking this thread.
    But I wanted to let you know that I had the same problem on my Win7.

    It looks like the 'Luna.exe.manifest' does not contain all the necessary information to let Lunascape run as administrator.

    What you can try if you installed Lunascape in the 'Program Files' folder is to execute it as admin by rightclicking the 'luna.exe' file and selecting 'Run as Administrator' in the popup window.

    A more easy solution I currently use is to install Lunascape as portable in a directory away from the generic Windows 'Program Files' folder. As the 'Program Files' folder is protected and cannot be written in without admin privilegies. But any other folder created away from this one is not and therefore will be writeable.

    For valuable information about UAC see the page 'Understanding and Configuring UAC in Windows Vista' from Microsoft Technet.

    Regards
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  • Hi Anonymous,

    You spoke. I listened. Here is the outcome of your suggestions. When I ran Lunascape as administrator, nothing changed. So I reinstalled Lunascape on my flash drive as a portable application and imported the settings from my earlier install.

    Lo and behold! This worked. But now I have two separate installations of Lunascape. Can i copy the portable back into 'Program files' and overwrite my original version? I really don't like having two different copies of the same system.

    Thanks for hijacking but now I'm really confused.
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  • Hi Richard Rein,

    I'm sorry for confusing you. :)

    No, you can't just copy your flash drive installation to the Windows 'Program Files' directory because this folder is under control of MS Windows. That means you would then get the UAC message again.
    But you can install Lunascape as portable in a folder on your harddrive -- for example in 'C:\Portable Applications\Lunascape\'. That's what I did. And that works for me.

    If you decide to do so, uninstall all previous Lunascape installations first. Then you just have a single working one.

    Let's see if the Lunascape developers have a better workaround ...

    Regards
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  • Hi Richard Rein and Anonymous,

    Thanks you two, for trying to solve the issue.
    I let our development team know about the issue. Meanwhile, like Anonymous suggested, installing Lunascape as portable to one of your hard drives is a potential work around.

    Thanks, again.
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  • Hello Shoko and Anonymous.

    Thanks for all your help. The work around solves the problem in question but unfortunately I am getting a new error with the portable version that I didn't get before. Here it is:

    Runtime error!
    Program J:\Lunascape6\Luna,exe
    R6034
    An application has made an attempt to load the C runtime library incorrectly.
    Please contact the application's team for more information.

    I received this error when looking up international postage rates in USPS.com. Any ideas?
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  • Hello again,

    I just went back into the portable version. The error I noted above is not occurring only in USPS but everywhere.
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  • Hi Richard Rein,

    Could I ask you the Windows OS info you are using?
    I will add the information including the run time error you saw to our database. Thanks!
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  • Hi Shoko,

    I am using Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1. Please keep me posted to any possible resolution to this error. In the meantime, I plan to keep the portable version on my flash drive rather than copying it back to C:.

    Once again, thank you for your assistance.
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  • Hi Richard Rein,

    Thank you for your quick response. I will keep you posted if we have any update.
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  • Hi Richard Rein,

    Sorry for the delay sending you the update.
    We did research about this issue and have some questions for you.

    1) Which user account privilege did you install Lunascape; Admin/Standard User? To verify, please go to Control Panel in your system > User Accounts and Family Safety > User Accounts.
    You will see your user account on the right side.

    2) Did you launch Lunascape from the same user account? If not, is the user account is Admin or Standard user?

    3) Which UAC setting your system has been set?
    To verify, please go to Control Panel > User Accounts and Family Safety > User Accounts and click Change User Control Settings. You will see the setting between [Always notify] and [Never notify].

    This issue seems like something to do with your user account setting and UAC setting. Let us know how they are by any chance. I also saw your new posting. I will take care of it now. Thanks.
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  • Hi Shoko,

    1) Admin

    2) Always Admin. It's the only account I use.

    3) I use the one listed as Default
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  • Hi Shoko and Richard Rein,

    Sorry for hijacking this thread again.

    As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I think the problem is the incomplete Luna.exe.manifest file.
    That's its current content on my PC:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
    <assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0">
    <dependency>
    <dependentAssembly>
    <assemblyIdentity type="win32" name="Microsoft.VC90.CRT" version="9.0.30729.4148" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b">
    </assemblyIdentity>
    </dependentAssembly>
    </dependency>
    <dependency>
    <dependentAssembly>
    <assemblyIdentity type="win32" name="Microsoft.VC90.MFC" version="9.0.30729.4148" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b">
    </assemblyIdentity>
    </dependentAssembly>
    </dependency>
    <dependency>
    <dependentAssembly>
    <assemblyIdentity type="win32" name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls" version="6.0.0.0" processorArchitecture="X86" publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df" language="*">
    </assemblyIdentity>
    </dependentAssembly>
    </dependency>
    <trustInfo xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3">
    <security>
    <requestedPrivileges>
    <requestedExecutionLevel level="<b>asInvoker</b>" uiAccess="false">
    </requestedExecutionLevel>
    </requestedPrivileges>
    </security>
    </trustInfo>
    </assembly>


    But it contains no information how UAC should handle Luna.exe because there is no assemblyIdentity entry for this file.
    As far as I know there should be at least the following entry just below the opening assembly tag:
     <assemblyIdentity version="1.0.0.0" processorArchitecture="X86" name="Luna.exe" type="win32"/>


    The requestedExecutionLevel for Luna.exe should be set to requireAdministrator. When just set to <b>asInvoker</b> then UAC asks for administrative privilegies. That's what I conclude based on the description from MSDN:
    [...] When AIS finds a binary that is marked with the "asInvoker" run level, it takes no action and the process inherits the process token of the parent process that created it [...]
    And because the calling Luna.exe does not have a defined process token you'll get the UAC confirmation message.

    Correct me, if I'm wrong.
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  • Hi Anonymous,

    This is far above my ability to comprehend. If you can explain a fix in simple terms, please do.

    Richard Rein
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  • You may try the following. But there is no guarantee, that it's working.

    First, make a copy of your existing Luna.exe.manifest file which is located in your Lunascape program folder (C:\Program Files\Lunascape\ or similar).

    Then edit the original Luna.exe.manifest with a simple text editor (Notepad is ok).
    Overwrite what is already in there with the following:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
    <assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0">
    <assemblyIdentity version="1.0.0.0" processorArchitecture="X86" name="Luna.exe" type="win32"/>
    <dependency>
    <dependentAssembly>
    <assemblyIdentity type="win32" name="Microsoft.VC90.CRT" version="9.0.30729.4148" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b">
    </assemblyIdentity>
    </dependentAssembly>
    </dependency>
    <dependency>
    <dependentAssembly>
    <assemblyIdentity type="win32" name="Microsoft.VC90.MFC" version="9.0.30729.4148" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b">
    </assemblyIdentity>
    </dependentAssembly>
    </dependency>
    <dependency>
    <dependentAssembly>
    <assemblyIdentity type="win32" name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls" version="6.0.0.0" processorArchitecture="X86" publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df" language="*">
    </assemblyIdentity>
    </dependentAssembly>
    </dependency>
    <trustInfo xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3">
    <security>
    <requestedPrivileges>
    <requestedExecutionLevel level="requireAdministrator" uiAccess="false">
    </requestedExecutionLevel>
    </requestedPrivileges>
    </security>
    </trustInfo>
    </assembly>


    But be aware that this has not been tested and may result in an unexpected behaviour of your browser.
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  • Hi Anonymous,

    Sorry it took so long for me to get around to trying this. It seems that I don't have write access to the folder C:\Program Files\Lunascape\Lunascape 6. How do I get to edit this file?
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    • Open Notepad as administrator:
      Right click the Notepad icon on the Windows Start menu and select Run as Administrator.

    • In Notepad go to "File | Open..." or press <Ctrl><O> and select Luna.exe.manifest inside the folder where you have installed Lunascape (i.e. Program Files\Lunascape)

    • Overwrite the existing code with the code above and save the file by selecting "File | Save" on the Notepad menu bar or by pressing the keys <Ctrl><S>.

    That's it.
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  • I replaced luna,exe,manifest with the version you provided. There appears to be no difference. When I launch Lunascape, UAC is still invoked.

    Is is necessary for me to re-install Lunascape with this replacement file?
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  • No, re-installing Lunascape is not necessary.

    If the new Luna.exe.manifest does not solve the problem then I'm sorry, I can't help you further.

    You may now restore your original manifest file.
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  • Richard, I feel your pain, & have come to free you!

    I too have many programs that for whatever reasons causes a UAC to be invoked when run.

    I could have easily removed the UAC, but doing so, I felt, would be lowering the ability of the OS to protect me from external unauthorized use & access.

    Then I found a way of using Task Scheduler to run the program as Administrator via a link you (or anyone) can create. It was originally writen to work for VISTA, but it works perfectly for Windows 7 too!

    It has never, I repeat, never failed to work for me with ANY program on Windows 7. I have eliminated all of my UAC generating executables, & now they open clean.

    It will work for you if you follow the simple (well simple to most) rules & procedures.

    Good Luck.....Soon you will be UAC free, without lowering the OS's defenses.

    Here is the article with the procedure:

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/window...

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  • I am one step closer to a solution of this problem. I created a new Administrator account and ran luna.ex. Voila!, no interrupt by the UAC. Now, does anyone know what I can do to my existing account to achieve the same results?

    Richard
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  • Lunascape installer does not prompt User Account Control, but your Windows system does. Lunascape does not control the UAC, unfortunately. Thanks for asking, though.
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  • I’m relieved
    Hi, I removed my present account and opened a new administrator account and the problem disappeared. Thanks to everyone for your assistance.

    Richie
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