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How To Disable UAC prompts on Windows 7 [Safer]

Discussion in 'Tweak & Secure Windows' started by bogdan, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. bogdan

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    The usual way of turning User Account Control off by dropping the slider in UAC Settings to Never notify has a couple of disadvantages:
    • File system and registry virtualization is turned off;
    • Protected Mode in Internet Explorer is turned off.

    This drops your security significantly and some applications might not work and for others you will loose existing settings.

    Windows 7 users have a better way to get rid of the prompts they perceive as annoyances. First of all, this method only affects administrators running in admin approval mode (the account created during Windows 7 setup, that you are probably using right now, is such an account), the behavior of UAC on standard accounts remains the same.
    Steps:
    • Open your Control Panel and click on the System and Security link;
    • Click on Administrative Tools link;
    • Double click on Local Security Policy icon;
    • Once Local Security Policy window appears navigate to Security Settings > Local Settings > Security Options.
    • In the list look for a setting called User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode. Double click on it and a window allowing you to customize this setting appears.
    • On the Local Security Setting tab change the drop-down box to Elevate without prompting;
    • Click Apply and close all windows.

    Windows 7 home users:
    You will have to use the registry to apply this setting as the Local Security Policy is not available for your version of Windows. The location of the settings is:
    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
    You need to change the value ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin . Double-click on it and in the window that opens enter a value data of 0 (zero).

    For pictures and a bit more info, visit this post on our MT Blogs.

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