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UAC elevation for Windows batch script

I recently needed to make an interactive batch script elevate for admin privileges. I found an example script by jagaroth, and then refined it to make it even more compact. It only writes out one temporary script file, and passes the rest of the required variables on the command line. It can cope with paths containing spaces. It was something of a shell escaping nightmare as you can see from line 14!

@echo off

::Windows XP doesn't have UAC so skip
for /f "tokens=3*" %%i in ('reg query "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v ProductName ^| Find "ProductName"') do set WINVER=%%i %%j 
echo %WINVER% | find "XP" > nul && goto commands

::prompt for elevation
if "%1" == "UAC" goto elevation
  echo Set objShell = CreateObject^("Shell.Application"^)
  echo Set objFSO = CreateObject^("Scripting.FileSystemObject"^)
  echo strPath = objFSO.GetParentFolderName^(WScript.ScriptFullName^)
  echo If objFSO.FileExists^("%~0"^) Then
  echo   objShell.ShellExecute "cmd.exe", "/c """"%~0"" UAC ""%~dp0""""", "", "runas", 1
  echo Else
  echo   MsgBox "Script file not found"
  echo End If
) > "%TEMP%\UAC.vbs"
cscript //nologo "%TEMP%\UAC.vbs"
goto :eof
del /q "%TEMP%\UAC.vbs"

::navigate back to this script's home folder
cd "%~p2"

::put your main script here
echo 1st arg: %1
echo 2nd arg: %2