You can turn off UAC (user Account Control) pop-ups in a few simple steps in Windows. User Account Control (UAC) was one of most disrupting new security services added to Windows Vista. It annoyed people so much, most downgraded to Windows XP as a result of the intrusive new feature. In theory, UAC is a great idea. If malware or some malevolent person attempted to make a change to your computer’s system files, your screen would dim and a pop-up would ask for your permission before proceeding. Problem with the Vista version was is seemed to pop-up every three minutes and, as a result, people just clicked it off without paying attention to the notices, thus rendering it useless.
The steps to turn off UAC in Windows are as follows:
- Log in as Administrator
- Go to the Control Panel
- Click User Accounts link
- Click Change User Account Control
- Move the slider all the way to the bottom.
Windows 7 scaled it down a bit. While it still exists, it is not nearly as intrusive as it was in Vista. In addition, Windows 7 even allows you to scale it back further or turn it off completely. PCTechBytes recommends you leave User Account Controls on and heed the warnings whenever they pop-up. If you did not initiate an action that might have caused UAC to trigger, then do not allow the changes to be made. User Account Control can save your system from being compromised.
But there are those who still dislike it, and for those who like to live life on the edge, we have provided a method to turn off UAC in Windows 7 below.
Turn Off UAC or Adjust Instructions
To begin, login as administrator and go to the Control Panel, and then click on the User Accounts link at the top.
Next, click the Change User Account Control settings at the bottom.
You will then see a slider control with the various levels of security. The top is the most strict, while the bottom option will essentially turn off UAC in WIndows and you will no longer get the prompts to confirm.
Turn off UAC or Adjustments Explained
Always Notify Me – Similar to the old Vista method of nagging you all of the time.
Default – Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer: Dims the screen and prompts you only when programs make changes to the system. Not very intrusive.
Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop): Similar to the default setting, but your screen will not go black. There’s no need to use this setting. In fact, doing so allows a malicious program to interfere with the UAC process because it can see the screen and the prompt.
Never Notify me: This last level essentially turns off UAC. You can use it if you dare, but it is not recommended.
You can learn more on the benefits of UAC in Windows here and how it has helped security. Watch the video below for a demonstration on how to turn off UAC settings in Windows 7:
If you have any other questions or comments about UAC please let us know.