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Windows 7 - Change the User Account Control


Welcome to this Windows 7 tutorial for changing the user account control. You may want to do this if you need to stop users from installing potentially damaging programs. The user account control is a function designed to prompt the admin user for the rights to install a program. By using this function you can decide whether a program is legitimate and can run or not.

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  • Unless specified otherwise use the 'left' mouse button to click



Windows 7 - Change the way users logon


Start Menu button displays the recently used programs and the start menu which shows available programs. Access to the control panel can be made from here.

With the Windows 7 screen loaded to the desktop you will see a blue bar along the bottom and a blank screen usually blue which is the desktop and normally has a recycle bin icon on it.

From the lower left side of the screen click the Start Menu button which will pop up and produce a vertical menu as pictured left.

At the top of the menu above the user name you will see a small picture. With your mouse click this small picture.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, choose a task to add or remove users or change the way users logon to windows 7

You will see the box as on the left which shows a list of options and the existing users which in this case is 'User'.

From the menu under 'Make Changes to Your User Account' click the option 'Change User Account Control Settings'.

This will launch the User Account Control Settings window.




Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, choose a task to add or remove users or change the way users logon to windows 7

You will now see the settings for the user account control. It is basically just a vertical slider bar where you can set how strict the security is. As you slide the bar up or down you will see a description of what the settings do.

My advice would be to leave it on the default if you are a novice computer as you may not know if something is potentially harmful to your computer.

Once you are happy with the selection you have made click the 'Ok' button at the bottom of the window.

Windows 7 user accounts dialog box, choose a task to add or remove users or change the way users logon to windows 7

If you happen to be an advanced computer user like me then by all means switch it off completely as pictured left.

Once you are happy with the selection you have made click the 'Ok' button at the bottom of the window.

In the top right click the red box with the white X in it. This closes the user accounts box and returns you to the Windows 7 desktop.



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