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How to turn the User Account Control (UAC) feature on or off.

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IMPORTANT: It is recommended that the User Account Control (UAC) feature not be turned off if at all possible. Turning off the UAC feature will reduce the computer security level and make it more susceptible to security exploits. If the UAC feature does need to be disabled for some reason, be sure to turn the UAC feature back on as soon as possible.

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  • By default, the operating system is configured with the User Account Control (UAC) feature turned on.
  • This procedure will require that the computer be restarted.
  1. Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
  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 Turn User Account Control on or off.

    NOTE: If a User Account Control prompt is displayed, click Continue.

  5. In the Turn User Account Control on or off window, to turn off the User Account Control (UAC) feature, click to remove the check in the box next to Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer and then click the OK button.

    NOTE: To turn the User Account Control (UAC) feature back on, click to add the check to the Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer box, and then click the OK button.

  6. In the You must restart your computer to apply these changes dialog box, click the Restart Now button.