UAC feature in Windows® 7
What is user account control feature in Windows 7?
The user account control feature helps prevent harmful programs and bugs from changing any settings on the computer, by notifying the users and seeking permission before any program is allowed to run or get installed. This is a new feature in Windows 7. Because of this feature, users can perform common administrative tasks, without logging on as the administrator. Windows 7 has introduced two new UAC operating modes that are selectable in the new UAC configuration dialog box.
Please read further to know more abot UAC, and how to change the UAC notification settings in Windows 7.
- UAC notifications
- Changing UAC notification settings in Windows 7
By default, the UAC mode in Windows 7 decreases prompts and gives the user total control over what software they wish to keep and to perform modifications in the system even without administrative rights. Apart from the two UAC settings that are present in Windows Vista, Windows 7 has introduced two intermediate UAC settings, one for intermediate administrators, while the other is for protected administrators. The first intermediate setting is the same as the protected administrator setting, except for the fact that it does not use secure desktop. The second one notifies users only when a program is making a change, so that administrators get elevated automatically when they make a change themselves. This setting is the default setting in UAC.
User Account Control notifies the user before any change, that requires administrator-level permissions, is made to a system. The UAC notifications notify users whenever any program is to be altered or installed. In case the user is the administrator, he can grant permission, if not, the user can be elevated to the administrative user status by the administrator without the need to log off or restart. This makes sure that malware do not succeed in their attempts to cause system changes and compromise the user s security.
If you want to change the notification settings, you can do the following: Go to 'Contreol Panel'and then navigate to 'User Accounts' option. Click on 'Security and system'. In the Action Center, click on 'Change User Account Control Settings' option. Click on 'Always notify' or 'Never notify' as per you want the change to be. Click 'OK' to save the changes. The UAC notifications can also be disabled through system registry. Run the regedit command, browse to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem registry key, double-Click the EnableLUA Key change the value data from 1 (UAC Enabled) to 0 (UAC Disabled) and then reboot.
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