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Monday, January 21, 2008

Enabling and Disabling User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista

Windows Vista ships with a strong security feature known as User Account Control. This is a powerful security feature, however, it may annoy both novices and experts alike with the constant dialog boxes it generates, requesting permission to perform system functions. This quick guide demonstrates how to switch it on or off.

Open the Control Panel

The first step in enabling or disabling User Account Control is to open the Control Panel. This can easily be achieved by clicking the start button and selecting "Control Panel" as indicated in the screenshot below:

Opening User Accounts

From the main control panel, double-click to open the "User Accounts" Control Panel Applet. Refer to the screenshot below:

Opening the configuration for User Account Control

From the following windows, click on the item labeled "Turn User Account Control on or off" as per the screenshot below:

Toggle User Account Control on and off

Turn User Account Control (UAC) by ticking or unticking the checkbox as shown in the screenshot below:

Click OK when you have finished your selection, and you are complete.

Further Reading:

User Account Control - Wikipedia

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