How to turn UAC controls off in Windows 7

One of the most annoying things for competent users of Windows 7 and Vista was Microsoft’s inclusion of User Account Control (UAC) settings which pop up after when you try to run any program that runs a system process of requires Windows access.

The following image shows the average pop up box that must be clicked to allow you to proceed with the action you wish to undertake.

The first few occurrences of these pop up boxes are okay but after a while can become quite monotonous so here is the quick and easy guide to turn them off.

First of all you need to need to make sure that you aren’t running any programs or have saved any work you are doing, the reason for this is that on completion of the changes Windows sometimes will ask you to reboot your PC.

From the start menu yo need to navigate to your “Control Panel” and find “User Accounts” as shown in the diagram below (Click image to enlarge). To get this list view of options there is an option in the top right of the image that says “View by : Small Icons” – there is a pull down menu with the options of Category (default view) , large or small icons.

Control Panel - User Accounts Once you have selected User Accounts you will be at the Panel which allows you to change your password, profile image and all the changeable options for your account. One of the options at the bottom of the list which is shown in the next image is for “Change User Account Control Settings”, click this option where you will be shown the next panel for altering the UAC options.

UAC OptionsThe following menu will show you a slider bar with varying degrees of notification and allowances that UAC will allow you to undertake. As a competent user of the PC I have mine set at the lowest option (as shown in image) but for those a bit more wary about this there are intermediate options.

UAC controls menuThe options range from

1. Always notify me when :

Programs try to install software or make changes to my computer or when I make changes to Windows Settings.

2. Default – Notify me when programs try to make changes to my computer

Don’t Notify me when I make changes to Windows settings.

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.

and finally my preference

4. Never notify me when:

Programs try to install software or make changes to my computer and I make changes to Windows Settings.

Once you have chosen the option you require by moving the slider bar simply select and click OK and Windows may ask you to reboot to apply these settings.

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