User Account Control (UAC) was introduced in Windows Vista as a way to prevent unauthorized changes to your computer. It provided protection but at a cost: You were constantly being bombarded with annoying pop-ups. In Windows 7, you have the ability to decide how much protection and notification you want.
- Click “Start,” “Control Panel,” “User Accounts and Family Safety,” “User Accounts,” “Change User Account Control Setting.” You can also click the “Start Orb” and type “change” in the instant search field. “Change User Account Control Settings” appears in the list for you to select.
- Drag the slider up or down to choose the level of UAC notification. You have four levels of protection.The default level (3) is to only be notified when changes are made to Windows settings.
- Drag the slider to the bottom (Level 1) to never be notified of changes to programs or Windows settings. This setting disables UAC.
- Drag the slider to the top (Level 4) to always be notified of changes to programs and Windows settings.
- Drag the slider to Level 2 to only be notified when changes are made to your programs.