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Windows 7: Disable security questions/prompts popping up all the time?

Posted on 2009-12-20
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Dear experts,
my Windows 7 (64 bit) prompts me all the time, with a box popping up, if I REALLY want to do this and that... for example changing some file on my C: drive, starting some application that is already installed and in my start menu (why does this happen at all?)...

what are the possibilities to shut these annoying questions off?
I don't mean to say that I NEVER want to be asked in case it's really important, but I don't want to be asked just because I start some program whether I REALLY WANT TO START IT.

Advise would be appreciated.

Question by:robofix
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CrashDummy_MS earned 800 total points
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Or maybe to just turn it down a bit. There's a slider that lowers the amount of things it asks you about.

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crumley earned 800 total points
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The User Account Control (UAC) asks you for permission to allow a program to execute an action. To change UAC settings, go to Control Panel (Start > Control Panel) then copy and paste this link: "Control Panel\User Accounts and Family Safety\User Accounts" you will see a list of links, at the very bottom, click "Change User Account Control Settings"

At the highest level of protection, you will see more alerts. At the lowest level, you will not be prompted at all. I have my computer set at the lowest level of protection.

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McKnife earned 200 total points
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One should add that this should not happen "all the time" but only if you use your administrative privileges (write to certain ocations in the file system or registry, install programs, addons or plugins, add users, alter security settings). So if it happens when you start a program, that means, this program is not compatible to accounts without administrative rights. Vista and Win7 will not let administrators run as such but as limited users with the ability to elevate to administrators.
So I would check, what your apps are doing. They should not save settings to their installation directory but to %appdata% for example.
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aleghart earned 200 total points
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>So I would check, what your apps are doing. They should not save settings to their installation directory but to %appdata% for example.

If you've used application compatibility during installation/troubleshooting, setting apps compatible with Windows XP or 2000 will cause the UAC to dim the screen and ask for permission.

It's performing as-designed.  The Windows XP compatibility is there to allow applications to (among other things) perform writes back to the C:\Progams... folders.

In some cases, this can't be avoided.  I run into it multiple times daily with an in-house MRP app that was written for XP/2000.


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thanks, you guys solved that issue for me!

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