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Customize or turn off UAC Prompts in Windows 7 (User Account Control settings)

One of the main complaints about Windows Vista was the constant UAC prompts you got whenever trying to install a program or change some operating system settings: "UAC" stands for "User Account Control", and helps you keep track of which application or process tries to modify something on your system. This is a security feature that helps you protect your PC from threats and unintentional changes to your machine, but can get in the way; Windows 7 has redesigned the way it handles these situations, and gives you much more "granular" control over the cases in which you will receive a UAC prompt. The default in Windows 7 already means that you will received much less prompts than you may have in Windows Vista. This tutorial explains how to customize the level of warning and UAC prompts you will get on your computer.


Change your UAC warnings level

Follow these steps to access your UAC settings in Windows 7:

Note: the customized UAC settings you may have configured for your computer are actually a "user setting" - in other words, this change will only affect your own Windows profile, and not that of other users sharing your machine (as long as they login under their own account, as opposed to using yours). Again, keep in mind that if you disable UAC, you will no longer have the protection it provides - it is safer to keep them turned on.

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