Hello, as you may have noticed upon switching to the Windows 7 platform, an old enemy has been moved up to the new system from vista. Its the User Account Control, and its responsible for those administrative pop-ups asking if you really want to do something. Now before we go into turning it off, you should realize this is a fair method of “accident-prevention” Linux and Mac both use this technique, and for the standard user, it does help users avoid quite a few problems. Now I realize many of us are used to the XP get-it-done quickly attitude, so here I will tell you the settings of the UAC and how to turn it off.
Note: If you feel you can not determine whether a program is malicious in intent or not, it is suggested to leave the UAC turned on.
- TO access the settings for the User Account Control in Windows 7, you will need to open the control Panel. Do this by clicking start, and clicking the Control Panel button on the right of the menu.
Click on User Accounts and Family Settings
Click on User Accounts
At the bottom of the list is “Change User Account Control Settings”, Click it.
- The User Account Control will provide a slider with four settings. By Default, it is set on the 2nd notch, which will alert you when programs make changes but not when you yourself have initiated a change. The First Notch will notify you any time a system change is made, and the third notch will still notify you of program changes, but it will not dim your desktop, so it does not interrupt your workflow.
- If none of the aforementioned options work for you, then you may of course turn off the User Account control by pulling the slider all the way down and clicking OK.
(NOTE: You may recieve one final prompt to confirm that you want to disable the UAC)
Now simply restart and you’re golden.