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Tweaking User Account Control
Changing the UAC settings is easy to do with the Local Security Policy editor.
Just follow these steps to modify the settings:
1. Open the Start screen, type secpol.msc , and hit Enter.
2. After the Local Security Policy editor loads, expand Local Policies and
click Security Options.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the list to see all the UAC security policies.
Rightclick a policy and click Properties to modify it.
4. When finished, click OK to save the changes.
As you can see, editing the User Account Control’s settings is very simple.
If you are fed up with the UAC and want to disable it completely, all you need
to do is set the User Account Control: Behavior Of The Elevation Prompt For
Administrators In Admin Approval Mode and User Account Control: Behavior
Of The Elevation Prompt For Standard Users policies to No Prompt and you
will no longer have any annoying prompts. However, you will have just killed
one of the best security features in Windows 8. That is why I believe that it is
still possible to use User Account Control while decreasing some of the
annoying prompts. The next section shows you how to configure UAC settings for a
good balance.
Compromising Between User Account Control and Security
Although many people want to disable UAC completely, I am against this because
of the added security it provides to Windows 8. Instead, I like to configure my
computer in a way that I can get the best of both worlds—being able to install
applications and freely configure Windows settings without getting bombarded
with UAC prompts, while still getting the security of UAC. How is this possible?
Use two accounts!
All too often people use their computer logged on with a user that is a member
of the Administrator group. They do this accidentally or without even
knowing it because when an account is created as part of the end of the Windows 8
setup, it automatically adds it to the local Administrator security group. The
end result is a situation in which you have to be treated as a standard user and
authorize every single change to secure the system. I offer a better solution to
secure the system that greatly reduces the number of prompts you see. This set
up is very simple and easy to use after you get the hang of it.
This is how it works: You have two accounts on your machine. One for
dayto-day use that is a low-rights, standard user account with UAC running, and
another account that has full admin rights with UAC disabled so that you can
easily install and change system settings with it when needed.
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