Manage User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista, 7, Windows 8

The User Account Control security policy was introduced in Windows Vista and continued in Windows 7 and 8 with more flexibility. UAC protects the operating system files and registry from malicious software. These malicious software often add, modify and drop the key part of the operating system file. Whenever you change any Windows setting and install or uninstall any software it will pop up a UAC notification window with dark screen. Though it performs a vital security issue the average computer user becomes irritated with this notification every time. Here is how to manage the User Account Control to act in different levels on Windows Vista, 7 and Windows 8.

How to Manage User Account Control in Windows Vista, 7 & Windows 8

There are different ways to mange the UAC at different Windows versions.

Disabling User Account Control on Windows Vista

In Windows Vista, open up the Control Panel and type “uac” (without quotes) into the search box of the explorer. This shows a link for “Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off”.

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Click on the link and uncheck the box “Use User Account Control (UAC)” and click the OK button.

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The change requires reboot of your computer to take effects in action.

Manage User Account Control on Windows 7

Unlike Windows Vista, Windows 7 comes with more flexible UAC version and you can customize it in several ways. Windows 7 allows you to deal with UAC in a easier way than the earlier version. Even, you won’t have to disable this feature completely in Windows 7.

The Easiest Way to Manage UAC in Windows 7

Go to the “Start” > Type “uac” in the search box and click on ” Change User Account Control settings“.

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User Account Control Setting window will appear. As a default setting, it is set to 2nd level of security. In this default level, it will let know you when any program tries to change the computer settings and the desktop will be dimmed.

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In the next level, It will notify you for the same reasons but the desktop will not go into the dim state. It is less secure than the previous level and less annoying.

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If you want to totally disable UAC notification, then set the last level by dragging the slider. In this level, it will never notify you even the programs try to install software or make any change to the computer.

The above method is pretty easy to manage or disable Windows 7 User Account Control. But if someone else uses your computer, he/she can modify the settings. If you want to completely disable the UAC in Windows 7, you can apply the following registry tweak.

Edit Registry to Disable UAC on Windows 7

This technique is about to edit the registry of your Windows 7 in order to disable the UAC notifications. So, keep a backup of your registry before you proceed.

Now, click on the start button and type “regedit” in the search box and hit the Enter key.

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The registry editor window will appear. Navigate to the following path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/ Software/ Microsoft/ Windows/ CurrentVersion/ Policies/ System

and search for the “EnableUA” item at the right pain of the registry editor window.

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Double click on the ‘EnableUA’ file and put “0″ at the Value data box. Click the OK button.

Reboot your machine to make the changes in action. The User Account Control is completely disabled on your computer. If you want to get it back then change this DWORD value to “1″.

Manage User Account Control in windows 8

You can manage the User Account Control on Windows 8 either from the start screen or from the desktop.

Land to the start screen and type “UAC” in the search box and you should see the link for the UAC settings. It is possible that you can not find that link at the search result. If so, then change the search setting and set the location as ‘Everywhere’.

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Once found, click the link and drag the slider to set up the level of security or completely disable the feature; the same as you do with the other Windows version.

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Verdict

Using Microsoft Windows XP over a prolonged period of time may provoke some computer critics to say that Windows XP is no more secure. Microsoft, as always, in order to upgrade to better security, takes a look at the security issue in Windows Vista, 7 and Windows 8 more deeply. The UAC notification though introduced for the security and increased control of the user, may sometime cause a little non-problematic irritation. Removing this by the above procedure, is surely going to help the user who wants a smooth and feel-free platform to work upon.

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