What the Heck is UAC
UAC stands for User Access Control. It is Microsoft's answer to programs being installed without you knowing. This is supposed to prevent viruses(fine..I'll just call it viruses and not virii... you win ok) and malware from being installed.
However it doesn't really do a good job and is just annoying.
Should I disable it?
I dunno, its really up to you I guess, but if you are here I presume you have already made the decision to disable it. So lets get on with the show.
There are a number of ways to disable it. This is one such way...
- Click the Start button and type UAC and click on Change User Account Control Settings
- You may be prompted to be an administrator or some such thing... so if you are not an administrator you should become one.
- Now you can slide the bar all the way to the bottom. This will disable UAC. Click OK and reboot your computer.
I did my schooling at Humber College in the late 90's when everyone was trying to learn how to fix Y2K bugs in COBOL. It was then that I decided that I wanted nothing to do with programming. When all was said and done I have spent the last 12 years (and growing) in various Networking, Support, and Server Management positions for various private and public sector employers. It’s funny how I have now come full circle and I am again surrounded by programmers.
When I manage to get away from the office I am usually fishing, off-roading, golfing, canoeing or camping. Pretty much anything that keeps me outside. Actually I just bought my first DSLR camera and I think its going to soak up much of my time and resources over the next little while.