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Configure User Account Control (UAC) settings in Windows 7

Introduced in Windows Vista, the User Account Control feature ("UAC") provides an additional level of protection for your PC, and prevents to a great extent accidental installation of potentially malicious software (spyware, malware, or a full-fledged virus). This is because the UAC prompt will popup on screen, letting you that a change in your operating system settings is about to take place, or some executable file is about to be installed. If you have not taken any action in that direction, you know that you can safely click "No" (or "Deny", or "Cancel" in Vista), and prevent the unauthorized action to proceed. In Windows 7, the UAC prompt will not appear as often as it did in Windows Vista, but you nonetheless have the ability to customize that option, as you'll learn in this tutorial.


Customize your UAC options

Follow these steps to configure your UAC prompt settings:

Warning: User Account Control prompts are just one of the layers Windows 7 leverages for your protection and the security of your PC. But they are part of a wider ecosystem of defensive mechanisms; always use good judgment when you surf the web, always leave a firewall turned on, and always run an up-to-date anti-virus software.

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