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User Account Protection
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Published on 12/23/2005
 
To cut down on malicious software applications and beginner computer users from changing critical computer settings, Microsoft has included a new feature called User Account Protection.

User Account Protection

It can be used to prevent a beginner computer user from making changes to their computer by restricting them from accessing or even saving any changes to critical areas.  UAP is also helpful against Spyware and other malicious software because it will require the user to consent to the action, before any system changes are made.

UAP is a good feature but sometimes it is necessary to tweak it a little so that it is less annoying for more experienced users. For example, an advanced user may be overwhelmed by the number of pop up authorization they receive. By tweaking the settings they can reduce the number of those they see as well as completely disable UAP.  Although I do not recommend you completely disable UAP, you can fine tune it to be easier to get along with.

1. To get started, open up the Local Security Settings MMC to show the local security policies by running secpol.msc.

2. Navigate through Local Policies and Security Options.

3. Scroll through the list on the right of the various security settings until your reach the User Account Protection settings. Refer to the list below of the various settings, to change them, just right click and select Modify.

User Account Protection: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators
No Prompt
Prompt for credentials
Prompt for consent
User Account Protection: Behavior of the elevation prompt for standard users
No Prompt
Prompt for credentials
User Account Protection: Elevate on application installs
Enable
Disable
User Account Protection: Run all users, including administrators, as standard users
Enable
Disable
User Account Protection: Virtualize file and registry write failures to per-user locations
Enable
Disable

If you want to completely disable UAP, Select No Prompt or Disable for all of the settings.