Disable User Account Control UAC in Windows

This article was modified on 2012-03-21 11:57:30


I`ve recently moved from Windows XP to Windows 7 and I`ve noticed that sometimes I am being asked if I want to open a program or install a new software. It`s pretty annoying and I can`t understand his real purpose. The funny thing is that it keeps asking me what to do. If this feature can`t realize if it`s something bad, then how should I know ? Please explain what is it and if it`s safe to turn off this feature.

User Account Control ( UAC ) is a new technology made by Microsoft that was introduced for the first time on Microsoft Windows Vista and 2008. The purpose of this ``technology`` is to change the security settings for all future Windows products by improving it. What this technology does is to limit all software ( programs ) that you want to install on your computer in order to prevent any infections. Definitely it`s going to prevent certain applications, especially those that are making changes on your operating system such as overwriting tools. For example, you should have administrator privileges on your Windows but a new application that wants to install on your PC do not have the same privileges unless you approve it. I would like to skip this history part, since you`re here, looking for an answer to disable this feature. I will show you how to disable user account control ( UAC ) in Windows 7 but it doesn`t mean that anyone should turn off this security feature. I will show you how you can turn it off but that doesn`t mean that everyone should do it. If you`re asking me there are two good reasons to disable this feature. The first reason is because I find this extremely annoying and the second reason is because it`s completely useless and I will try to explain myself. If you`re another computer professional you already know how to protect your Windows against all kind of threats and even if your PC will be infected I am pretty sure that UAC cannot prevent this if you will allow this action. Even if you are a beginner and you don`t know how to react each time that you will be prompted for an action, in a short time you will treat each warning without paying attention. I mean it will become a part of your daily routine and there is a high chance for you ( as a beginner ) to get used to it. Now, why it`s completely useless ? This is simple, the professionals don`t need it and the beginners don`t know how to react or should I say, how to answer to security issues. This is why I chosen to disable User Account Control feature on my computer running Windows 7. Let`s get started, there are three simple steps :
 
Step 1 - From your Windows 7 desktop click on the Start Menu button.
 Windows 7 Start Menu button
 Step 2 - Type UAC in that small search box and then click on ``Change User Account Control Settings``

Change User Account Control settings in Windows 7
 Step 3 - Drag the slider all the way down to the bottom and you will disable Disable User Account Control ( UAC ) completely on Windows 7. Level should be set to ``Never notify``
 
User Account Control Settings
As you can see, you can choose to customize the way that Windows 7 UAC alerts you if you don`t want to disable this feature completely. If you will drag the slider up or down, you can choose from 4 different modes and here they are :
 
1. Always notify me when
 
- Programs try to install software or make changes to my computer
- I make changes to Windows settings
 
Notice: Recommended if you routinely install new software and visit unfamiliar websites.

2. Default - Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer
 
- Don`t notify me when I make changes to Windows settings

Notice: Recommended if you use familiar programs and visit familiar websites.

3. Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer ( do not dim my desktop )
 
- Don`t notify me when I make changes to Windows settings
 
Notice: Not recommended. Choose this only if it takes a long time to dim the desktop on your computer.

4. Never notify me when :

- Programs try to install software or make changes to my computer.
- I make changes to Windows settings.

Notice: Not recommended. Choose this only if you need to use programs that are not certified for Windows 7 because they do not support User Account Control.
 
Conclusion: Now you know how to turn off user account control ( UAC ) in Windows 7, probably it`s not the best method available but I am pretty sure that this is the easiest. Microsoft does not recommend to turn off this feature. “Choose this only if you need to use programs that are not certified for Windows 7 because they do not support User Account Control``. You get used with this feature, it`s not that bad that if you don`t know what to do, just leave it.



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