Standard User Analyzer Technical Reference

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Vista

The Standard User Analyzer (SUA) tool enables you to test your applications to detect potential compatibility issues due to the User Account Control (UAC) feature.

UAC, formerly known as Limited User Account (LUA), requires that all users (including members of the Administrator group) run as a Standard User, until the application is deliberately elevated by using the security prompt dialog box. However, not all applications can run properly with the Standard User role, due to the application requiring access and privileges for locations that are unavailable to a Standard User. SUA provides specific information about the potentially problematic files and APIs, registry keys, .ini files, tokens, privileges, name space, processes, and other related issues.

There are two ways to use the Standard User Analyzer:

  • Standard User Analyzer tool. A robust, full-function version of the tool that enables you to perform an in-depth analysis and to fix your issue.

  • Standard User Analyzer Wizard. A tool that enables you to follow a step-by-step process to locate and to fix your issues without the analysis options.

In This Section

Topic Name


What is the Standard User Analyzer?

Includes detailed information about what the Standard User Analyzer (SUA) tool is, including the common scenarios for its usage, its related technologies, and its dependencies.

How the Standard User Analyzer Works

Includes detailed information about how the SUA tool works, including its terminology, and its high-level processes, and how it functions with virtualization and elevated privileges.

See Also


Application Compatibility Toolkit Technical Reference
Standard User Analyzer