Article ID : 00022320 / Last Modified : 03/29/2019Print

How to adjust the User Account Control (UAC) settings.

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    IMPORTANT: It is recommended that the User Account Control (UAC) setting not be lowered if at all possible. Lowering the UAC setting can reduce the computer security level and make it more susceptible to security exploits. If the UAC setting does need to be lowered for some reason, be sure to return the UAC setting back to at least the default level as soon as possible.

    NOTE: By default, the operating system is configured with the User Account Control (UAC) level set to the second highest setting possible.

    1. Press the Windows Logo + X key combination on the keyboard and, from the list, click Control Panel.


      NOTES: Because the Control Panel is a traditional Windows Desktop application, if you were not already there, the interface will change to the Desktop and the Control Panel window will open.

    2. In the Control Panel window, click User Accounts and Family Safety.
    3. In the User Accounts and Family Safety window, click User Accounts.
    4. In the User Accounts window, click Change User Account Control Settings.
    5. In the User Account Control Settings window, click and drag the slider bar down to the desired security level and then click the OK button.


      NOTE: The following User Account Control settings are available:

      • Always Notify
      • Default - Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer
      • Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer (Do not dim my desktop)
      • Never Notify
    6. At the User Account Control prompt, click Yes.
    7. Restart the computer.