Disable UAC in Windows® 7
Are you curious to know about UAC in Windows 7, its features as well as the ways to disable it?
The User Account Control feature in Windows 7 is an innovative addition to the renowned Windows operating system. It prevents harmful programs and bugs from changing settings on the computer, notifies users by seeking permission before any program is run or installed. This new feature in Windows operating system enables users to perform common administrative tasks, without logging on as the administrator. Two new User Account Control operating modes are introduced, that are accessed through the UAC Configuration dialog box. This dialog box can be opened by going to 'Control Panel', clicking 'User Accounts' and then clicking 'Change User Account Control Settings'. Users can also get to it by clicking on the 'Change When Notifications Appear' link on an elevation prompt or by going through the 'Action Center'. Whenever an elevation is asked for by non-Windows executables, Windows 7 default prompts the user. Overall, Windows 7 UAC makes it possible for standard users (non-administrative users) to perform more operations than were previously allowed including those that require administrative rights.
Understand more about disabling UAC in Windows 7 from the content given below:
- Features of Windows 7 UAC
- Advantages of Windows 7 UAC
- Tips to disable Windows 7 UAC
Features of Windows 7 UAC
Windows 7 UAC mode makes a user’s experience smoother, with reduced prompts, and gives total control over what software is to be kept or discarded, and allows performing modifications in the system to those without administrative rights. By introducing two new UAC settings, one for protected administrators, and the other for intermediate ones, in addition to the two those previously present in Windows Vista. The first setting notifies users when a program is making a change, so that they can allow it or deny it. Standard users get elevated to administrative users after seeking the administrator’s permission. By default, administrators get elevated automatically when they make a change themselves. This setting is the default setting in Windows 7 UAC, and it also makes use of secure desktop. The second intermediate setting is similar to the first one, except for the fact that it does not use secure desktop.
Advantages of Windows 7 UAC
The user is notified by the User Account Control (UAC) before any change that requires administrator-level permissions is made to a system. Non administrative standard users are elevated to the administrative user, after seeking permission of the administrator to elevate them using the Credential UI. In their less privileged state, administrators are referred to as protected administrators and they can be elevated to Elevated administrators. 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 himself 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.
To turn off the UAC settings in Windows 7, type 'UAC' in the 'Start Search' box and then click 'Change User Account Control Settings' in the 'Control Panel' window. Here adjust by moving the slider to 'Never Notify'. Then click 'Ok' to save the changes. When the 'Never Notify' option is selected, the Windows 7 UAC pop-ups stop appearing. 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. UAC can also be disabled through Group Policy and this method is widely used by administrators hoping to disable UAC among different computers at the same time. This is done via Local Group Policy or via Active Directory-based GPO, suitable for large networks. In case of Local Group Policy, open the Group Policy Editor (Start -- Run -- gpedit.msc), if using in AD-based GPO, open Group Policy Management Console (Start -- Run -- gpmc.msc) from a Windows Vista/7/2008 computer that is a member of the domain. In the GPMC window, you will have to browse to the required GPO that is linked to the OU or domain where the computers are located, then edit it, or, if needed, create a new GPO. Browse to 'Computer Configuration in the 'Group Policy Editor' and go to 'Windows Settings', then to 'Security Settings', then 'Local Policies' and finally 'Security Options'.
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