User Account Control Settings in Vista Ultimate

December 26, 2007 10:20 – 10:20

This is a note to myself since I keep losing track of how and where to change UAC behavior. Note to anyone else: change UAC settings at your own risk. They’re there for a reason! (Reason: someone at Microsoft must own heart pharmaceuticals stocks.)

User Account Control settings are done using the policy editor in Vista Ultimate:

  • Run secpol.msc
    • Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
      • UAC: Behavior of the elevation prompt for Administrators in Admin Approval Mode
      • UAC: Behavior of the elevation prompt for standard users
        • No Prompt—Silently elevate.
        • Prompt for consent—Ask the user for a yes/no on whether to continue.
        • Prompt for Credentials—Require users to enter their login password.
      • UAC: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation
        • Enabled
        • Disabled

A problem with using No Prompt is that it essentially leaves you unprotected as far as I can determine. While it’s a bit risky, since it doesn’t give you a heart attack when prompting for elevation, I’ve switched to turning off the secure desktop when prompting for elevation. I’m quite tired of having the screen go black each time I do just about anything.

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