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Windows 7: User account control setting

tjie
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1) In the setup, many people turn off the "user account control setting"
2) Any reason for it?
3) what are the problem if we do not turn it off?
4) Thank you

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Top Expert 2011
Commented:
I always turn it off on servers and my personnel laptop, it was very annoying have to click yes when I tried to run anything.  I do however keep it turned on for users.
Most Valuable Expert 2015
Commented:
There's no good reason to turn off UAC, but many people don't want to be nagged by the popup.

There is no problem when you don't turn it off, but if you do turn it off you can get security problems...
Commented:
At its default setting in Windows 7, UAC is not nearly as intrusive as it was in Vista. About the only time I receive a UAC popup is when installing software or updating software and that's acceptable. I agree with rindi that it is preferable to leave UAC enabled for security reasons.
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010
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Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010
Commented:
For windows 7, UAC is redesigned and the annoyance is much less than windows vista and I do not think that turning off uac will give you much benefits which can outweight the threats in turning off uac.
Top Expert 2012
Commented:
My 2¢ worth:  I think that UAC is a great security enhancement, and it's certainly much less intrusive at the default settings level in Windows 7.  However, it really didn't bother me too much during the Vista era, either.  One simple "best practice" that many of us seem to overlook is ensuring that you utilize a standard Windows user account (versus a full admin account) for day-to-day activities.  Even within a Vista environment, that significantly reduces the number of UAC prompts that you would typically see.