Microsoft introduced the User Account Control in Windows Vista in a way that it got on the nerves of many users of the system due the the sheer number of prompts that users of the operating system were bombarded with. The UAC behavior has been improved since then; the number of prompts that users receive when they work with the computer system was reduced significantly.
The behavior is not overly optimized though. You do for instance receive UAC prompts even if you are logged in with an admin account which experienced users who know what they are doing may not like at all.
What many Windows users do not know is that it is possible to modify the default User Account Control behavior. The Windows Registry holds two keys that define the UAC behavior for admins and standard users.
You need to open the Windows Registry first to check how the keys are configured on your system:
This key defines the User Account Control behavior for system administrators. The default value is set to prompt but do not require credentials to be entered. Here are all possible values:
The changes should take effect immediately. You can for instance set the admin behavior to 0 so that no prompts are displayed, and user behavior to 0 as well to prevent them from running operations that require elevated privileges.
Additional keys are available, here is a quick overview of them:
Additional information about each setting as well as their corresponding Group Policy settings are available on Microsoft's Technet website.Advertisement
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