Hack User Account Control

Posted On 2008-08-18 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: UAC Security
Tags: Software Hack/Tweak Security Tip Vista
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Windows Vista''s User Account Control (UAC) is the new operating system''s most universally reviled feature. Sure, it helps protect you, but it also annoys you to no end.

If UAC drives you around the bend, you can turn it off. There are several ways to do it. One way is to choose Control Panel > User Accounts and Family Safety > User Accounts, then click Turn User Account Control on or off.

Alternately, you can run the System Configuration Utility (a.k.a. msconfig) by typing msconfig at the command line or search box. When the tool runs, click the Tools tab and scroll down until you see Disable UAC. Highlight it and click the Launch button, then reboot. To turn it back on again, follow the same steps and choose Enable UAC.

If you''re a fan of the Registry, you can also disable UAC using the Registry Editor. Launch the Registry Editor by typing regedit at the Start Search box or a command prompt and pressing Enter. Go to


and give it a value of 0. You will need to reboot in order for the change to take effect.

UAC is also the culprit for another nagging Windows Vista annoyance. When you run some commands from the command prompt, you''re told that you don''t have administrative rights to run them, even if you''re currently logged in as an administrator.

That''s because UAC requires you to run the command prompt as an administrator -- what''s called running an elevated command prompt. Simply being logged in as an administrator isn''t good enough; you still have to run an elevated command prompt.

One way to do it is to type cmd into the Search box on the Start menu, right-click the command prompt icon that appears at the top of the Start menu, then select Run as administrator.

But if you don''t want to go about doing that each time you run a command prompt, there''s a simpler way. You can create a desktop shortcut for an elevated prompt, or pin the elevated prompt to the Start menu.

To create a shortcut on the desktop:

  1. Right-click the desktop, and select New > Shortcut.

  2. In the text box of the Create Shortcut dialog box that appears, type cmd and then click Next.

  3. On the next screen, type a name for the shortcut -- for example, Elevated Command Prompt. Then click Finish.

  4. Right-click on the shortcut you just created and select Properties.

  5. Select the Shortcut tab and click the Advanced button.

  6. Check the box titled Run as administrator. Click OK and then OK again.

Now, when you want to run an elevated command prompt, simply double-click the shortcut.

If you''d like the elevated command prompt to appear on the Start menu, drag it from the Desktop to the Start button and place it where you would like it to be.

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