If you have started using Windows Vista, you must have seen the pop-up of User Account Control (UAC). In fact, by now, you must be aware of both the pros and cons of UAC.
In case of users other than the administrators, UAC is among the essential security approaches, as it safeguards the computer from themselves. However, on the other hand, when it comes to administrators, I agree that Vista’s UAC can take a different hearsay line because of the approval pop-ups that are quite irritating. Facing the UAC pop-ups is very common while performing several tasks that need admin privileges, which include installing applications and changing system settings.
However, good news is that you can still eliminate the occurrence of UAC pop-ups that frustrate you every now and then. Well, the key is to disable user account control for administrators only. Nevertheless, the best part is that you still do not lose the pros of UAC with this solution, as other users have to still face it. So, let us check about how to do so in Windows Vista.
Problem: UAC is Irritating, But Cannot Be Disabled Completely
Let us consider a scenario wherein you work as a system administrator in your company. Therefore, your daily job is to install or uninstall programs, change the system settings as per the changing requirements, and solve problems related to shared devices and network connections.
Further, all computers in your office have Windows Vista. With this fact, it is obvious that you have to face those irritating UAC pop-ups quite frequently on a daily basis. Therefore, you are thinking to turn off user account control, but do not want to do so, as that can put the machines at a high risk of unauthorized access. So, what can be the solution now?
Solution: Disable User Account Control For Administrators Only
The only remedy to the above scenario is to turn off UAC, but only for the administrators, which will yet ensure some level of security. In Windows Vista or Windows 7, when you disable user account control, the operating system lifts the privilege level of the administrators automatically without any prompts. Now, you have two ways to disable UAC namely, via Local Security Policy Editor and Registry Editor. However, the former option is not for the Home Edition, while the latter one is for all the editions of Windows Vista or Windows 7. Let us look at both the options.
Implement The Solution: Elevate the Admin Privilege Via Changing The Local Policies
Here are the steps to turn off user account control via Local Security Policy Editor.
1. Enter secpol.msc in the Search box.
2. Go to Security Settings –> Local Policies –> Security Options.
3. Double-click the Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode policy in the right pane. The properties dialog box appears.
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4. Select the Elevate without prompting value.
Implement The Solution in Home Edition: Pinch The Registry
In case of the Home Edition, you need to open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKLM –>SOFTWARE –> Microsoft. From here, you need to further go down to Windows –> CurrentVersion –> Policies –> System. Now, on the right side, look for the ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin DWORD key whose default value is 2. You need to change this value to 0 to turn off UAC.