The first noticeable difference between windows xp and windows vista is that vista has that annoying User Account Control. It pops up to confirm everything you want to do. Even though it may be helpful for a new computer user, the average power user just thinks it is a total waste of time.
User Account Control (UAC) is a feature in Windows Vista that can help prevent unauthorized changes to your computer.
User Account Control (UAC) does this by asking you for permission or an administrator password before performing actions that could potentially affect your computer’s operation or that change settings that affect other users.
The best way to use User Account Control
You can create standard user accounts for all the users who share the computer, but if they want to install or alter any settings an administrator password must be entered. This way everyone using the computer will require the password to change any settings.
How to enable or disable the User Account Control in Windows Vista
- Make sure you are signed in an administrator account.
- Click on the Start Menu.
- Choose control Panel from the menu.
- Double click on the User Accounts icon.
- Choose Turn User Account Control on or off from the menu.
Another way to disable the User Account Control?
- Press the WIN KEY and the letter R on your keyboard.
- The run box will appear. Type in msconfig.
- This will open the System Configuration Window.
- Go to the Tools tab.
- Scroll down to find Disable User Account Control (requires reboot).
- Then press on launch.
How to disable the UAC in Windows Vista without loosing your UAC security?
The UAC will still look after your security of your computer but you will not see the annoying prompt asking you to cancel and allow.
- Press the WIN KEY and the letter R to bring up the run box.
- Type in regedit and press enter.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurr entVersionPolicies
- Then in the list under policies you will see system. Select this by making it blue.
- Now in the right column right click on ConsentPromptBehviourAdmin and choose to modify.
- Change the value of ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin from 2 to 0.
- If you are a new user you should leave the User Account Control enabled. It will stop you from changing the wrong things on your computer.
- Windows Vista does not like it when you disable the User Account Control. It will ask you if you realize that you have disabled it.