Jun 7 2007

How To Disable User Account Control “UAC”

warning-2.pngWhat is UAC. UAC has to be one of the most hated new security features of Windows Vista. UAC stands for User Account Control.
The main goal of User Account Control is to limit the exposure to attack of the operating system by requiring that all users run in standard user mode.

This limitation minimizes the ability for users to make changes that could destabilize their computers or inadvertently expose the network to viruses through undetected malware that has infected their computer. You’ve all seem the pop-up boxes that make you click “allow” before installing any programs or hardware or even running some programs and most of the time you just keep clicking allow,allow,allow just to get the damm thing running and your not even reading the warnings.











Sure you can turn it off. Read how below. But it’s all or nothing.

Here’s a FREE program I found that lets you temporarily disable and enable UAC at will, so if you’re going to be doing a lot of program installations or if you’re rebuilding your system, you can use the app to suppress the dialogs while you work. Best of all, turning on “quiet mode” doesn’t require a reboot, so you can continue working, without being bothered. It can be run off a USB thumb drive and doesn’t need to be installed on your computer.
Here’s the link http://www.tweak-uac.com/what-is-tweak-uac/

To Manually Turn off UAC. #1

1. Open Control Panel.
2. Under User Account and Family saftey click on the “Add or remove user account”.
3. Click continue on the UAC pop-up (ha-ha)
4. Under the user account click on the “Go to the main User Account page” link.
5. Click “Turn User Account Control on or off.
6 Click continue on the UAC pop-up (ha-ha)
7. Click the check box UCA to help protect your computer
8. You will be prompted to reboot your computer. Do so when ready.

In order to re-enable UAC just select the above checkbox and reboot.

To Manually Turn off UAC. #2

1. Click the start pearl
2. Type “Run” in the window and press enter
3. Type “MSCONFIG” in the window and press enter
4. Click continue on the UAC pop-up (ha-ha)
5. Click on the Tools tab. Scroll down till you find “Disable UAP” version). Click on thline.
6. Press the Launch button.
7. A CMD window will open. and the command will exacute, then you can close the window.
8. Close MSCONFIG. You need to reboot the computer for changes to apply.

Note that you can re-enable UAC by selecting the “Enable UAP” line and then clicking on the Launch button.

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    1. Vista Revisited - » Hack Your Windows Vista Experience Index Score And Really Showoff wrote:

      […] UPDATE: 10-27-07  I forgot to mention if you can’t save the file you will need to disable User Account control first. For directions to disable UAC Click here. […]

      October 27th, 2007 at 5:51 pm


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