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  • Disabling UAC


    Windows Vista has a new feature known as User Account Control(UAC). Alot of people know this from the constant pop-ups that ask you to continue and allow a program to run. Alot of people also find this very annoying in which all reality it is extremely annoying.

    To Disable the UAC:

    1. From the Control Panel select Administive Tools
    2. Open the System Configuration
    3. UAC will ask you for permission to open this program, accept.
    4. From the Tools Tab, Scroll Down and Disable UAC.
    5. Click Launch
    6. Reboot

    While disabling the UAC may be a problem solver for many annoyed computer techs. But, for the average home user Disabling the UAC might not seem like a very good idea. Alot of computer malware is caused by the user running as an administrator, when the computer gets hi-jacked since the active user has administrative privillages the whole computer is at risk. The UAC eleminates this, the Administrator now has standard rights unless otherwise granted. ex. the Do you allow this program to run?


    Every time this popup asking you for permission, means that the software that is trying to run requires Administrative privilages. The UAC prevents malware from installing in Administrative directories such as your c:\windows\system32.


    Keeping this UAC enabled will prevent malware from installing on your computer. :-D



    Tuesday, July 3, 2007 7:02 PM

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  • Big Smile UAC seems to have replaced the BSOD in the unpopularity charts !


    So which are the actions which trigger the UAC prompt.
    1. Install/Uninstall of applications
    2. Changing Firewall settings
    3. Installing Drivers & ActiveX controls
    4. Installing/Configuring Windows Update
    5. Adding/Removing/Changing user accounts/types
    6. Acessing, Viewing or Changing another User’s files & folders
    7. Configuring Parental Controls
    8. Running the Task Scheduler
    9. Restoring back-up system files
    10.And even while changing UAC settings.


    TweakUAC is an excellent utility which you should try.

    Sunday, July 8, 2007 7:25 AM

  • TweakUAC sounds like a great little application and I'll try it on my Vista PC when I get home, but - If this program can bypass and suppress the UAC then what's to stop some malware from doing the same?

    Regardless, I'll try it and see if it's usable.  If it works it'll get rid of one of the biggest headaches I've encountered with Vista.  Up until now it's simply been less hassle on my part to live without the UAC and deal with any potential problems as they arise than having to deal with the UAC itself.

    That's fairly sad actually - the UAC is more of a pain in the butt than the malware it's supposed to be protecting you from.

    Wednesday, July 11, 2007 1:50 PM
  • Hi,

    A recommended advice: Never try to disable UAC except in case of severe problems due to keeping it ON.


    Good luck

    Monday, July 16, 2007 6:52 PM