Windows® 7 access control
Benefits of user account control (UAC) in Windows 7 and methods to disable this feature
User Account Control (UAC) helps to defend your computer against hackers and malicious software. Any time an application wants to make a major change to your PC, UAC lets you know and asks for consent. If you have administrator privileges on your computer system, you can fine-tune UAC's notification settings. User Account Control (UAC) notifies you before changes are made to your PC that requires administrator level permission. The default UAC setting notifies you when programs try to make changes to your PC, but you can change how often UAC notifies you.
Features, tips to disable UAC and the way it affects the system performance in your PC are given below:
- Features of UAC
- Tips to disable UAC
- System performance
Features of UAC
UAC was at first supposed to fix the issue of applications that required administrative privileges, forcing end users to be configured as local administrator in Windows Vista. Later Microsoft came up with UAC in Windows 7 as the UAC slider. The slider control lets the administrator of the PC to control the security of the PC based on the UAC settings you have selected. The slider organizes which application types will cause a prompt and which ones will be allowed to elevate without a prompt. 'Always notify', 'notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer', 'notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer without using the Secure Desktop' and 'never notify' are the four different security settings in UAC for Windows 7.
Tips to disable UAC
The first method is to disable and turnoff UAC in Windows 7 is from 'Control Panel'. For this, access 'Control Panel' from 'Start' menu. Click 'start', then click on 'control panel', then 'user accounts and family safety' and then 'user account'. Now click on 'User Account Control' settings link and then move the slider to 'never notify'. Click 'OK' to make the change effective and reboot. The next choice is to disable it from the Windows registry. But it is recommended to take the backup of the files before you deal with the registry entries.
UAC is a technology meant for security that is designed to protect the operating system files and registry from malicious malware, viruses, and code trying to update the protected areas of the PC. Malicious software tries to add, modify, and delete key parts of the operating system in an attempt to control the PC. So if UAC is activated at the required level you can prohibit such malware attacks because you are notified for the changes taking place in your PC.
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