Learn how to set User Account Control to prompt administrators when software is installed or settings are changed in Windows 7.
Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, and Starter Users
Unfortunately the most popular versions of Windows 7 don’t have a nice and easy way to edit this setting. The only way to change this setting is by editing the registry.
Warning: Edit the registry at your own risk. Editing the registry can cause your computer to crash and a loss of data if not done properly. Please consider backing up the registry before you edit it.
- Type regedit in the Start Menu’s search box and then press Enter on your keyboard.
- Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, Software, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion, Policies, and then select System in the left column of the Registry Editor.
- Double-click EnableLUA in the right column of the Registry Editor.
- Set the Hexadecimal value to 0 and then click OK in the DWORD Value window to save the changes.
- Restart the computer
Windows 7 Enterprise, Professional, and Ultimate Users
- Type secpol.msc in the Start Menu’s search box and then press Enter on the keyboard.
- Expand Local Policies and then select Security Options in the left column of the Local Security Policy window.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the right column of the Local Security Policy window and double-click User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode.
- Select Disable in the Local Security Setting tab and then click OK to save the changes.
- Restart the computer.
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