74. Disable User Account Control (UAC) For
The Administrator Account Only
While the User Account Control
(UAC) acts as a somewhat deterrent to users who are
apt to attempt to make changes to the operating
system, it can be a veritable pain for the
administrator who is responsible for the day to day
housekeeping, constantly badgering the administrator
for the required permissions prior to an application
performing its required job.
However, by making a simple change in the
Security options of Vista you can actually
disable User Account Control (UAC)
for the administrator account, but keep it in place
for other users.
1/ Click the Start Button.
2/ From the Start menu, Click
All Programs followed by
Accessories, then Run.
3/ In the Run dialogue box type:
secpol.msc and then Click
4/ User Account Control will
prompt you for the necessary authorisation. Click
5/ The Local Security Policies
window now opens. This window is divided into a
Left and Right
6/ In the Left Hand pane look
for the Local policies option and
Click the > button to expand the
7/ From the expanded list, Click
on Security options.
8/ In the Right hand pane you
should see a list of available options (this is
rather a long list).
9/ Scroll towards the bottom of
the list until you come to User account
control: behavior of the elevation prompt for
administrators in admin approval mode.
10/ Right Click on this option
and Select Properties.
11/ In the Properties window,
Click the drop down menu arrow and,
from the available list, Select the
Elevate without prompting option
and then Click OK.
12/ A warning message will
appear in the notification area warning you that
UAC has been turned off. This
message will appear ever time you boot your PC
unless you turn off the option to be notified of
security alerts in the Security Center of
13/ Finally, Close the
Local security policy Window.