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34. Disable User Account Control

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User Account Control (UAC) is a security feature which started life in Windows Vista. If you or a program attempt to make changes to your system, up pops the UAC to ask you for permission for the changes to take place.

We have to admit that in Windows Vista, UAC was an absolute pain. However, in Windows 7, UAC is exactly the opposite. Yes, UAC still pops up, but not half as much as in Windows Vista.

Do you really need to disable it? Well that is a personal matter. In our view the answer is simple, No you don't! Some users, though, still remember the chaos it caused in Windows Vista and for that reason they do wish to disable it.

Fortunately, disabling UAC in Windows 7 is far simpler than in Windows Vista, as you can see from the instructions below.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. On the Right of the Start Menu, Click the Control Panel option.
  3. In Control panel, Click the User Accounts icon.
  4. In the User Accounts window, Click the Change user Account Control Settings link.
  5. Fig: 34-1 The Change User Account settings link

    Fig: 34-1 The Change User Account settings link

  6. In the User Account Control Settings window, Slide the slider button to the bottom of the Window to turn User Account Control off. When you have done this, press OK.
  7. Fig: 34-2 User Account setting window

    Fig: 34-2 User Account setting window

  8. The User Account Control warning box will appear with the message Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer. If you wish to proceed and you are the Administrator, press OK. If you are not the Administrator then you will need to obtain the User name and Password before you will be able to continue.
  9. Finally Close the Control Panel window and Re-start your computer for the changes to take effect.
  10. If you need to turn User Account Control On again just slide the slider button up to the second notch (Default option) from the top of the window.