Windows 10 Settings You Should Change Right Away

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Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system offers a lot of compelling features, including Cortanaand a new Start menu. However, some of its default settings don't provide you with the best performance or usability. From showing file extensions to enabling system protection backups, here are seven things you need to change as soon as you get started with Windows 10.

Enable System Protection / Create a Restore Point

What happens if you install a bad piece of software or a defective driver and your computer starts acting strangely or you can't even boot. You'll want to revert Windows 10 to the previous system restore point, which will turn back the clock on your drivers, programs and settings to a time when the system worked perfectly. However, Windows 10 comes with system protection disabled. If you want to protect yourself -- and you should -- set up restore points following the instructions below.

1. Search for "restore point" in the Windows search box.

Features to Change Right Away in Windows 10.

2. Launch "Create a restore point" from the results. You should see a list of available drives.


3. Select the system drive and click Configure. The system drive is usually the C: drive and has the word "(System)" written after its volume name.


4. Toggle Restore Settings to "Turn on system protection," set the maximum disk space usage by moving the slider and click Ok. We recommend leaving 2 or 3 percent for restore pints but you may be able to get away with the lowest (1 percent).


5. Click Create so that you create an initial restore point right away.


6. Name the initial restore point when prompted.


Features to Change Right Away in Windows 10.

7. Click Close when it is done.

Features to Change Right Away in Windows 10.

If you need to restore from one of these points, you can click the System Restore button on the System Protection tab. If you can't boot, you can hit F8 or Shift + F8 during boot to get to the emergency menu on some computers. On other PCs, if you can at least get to the log in screen, you can hold down Shift while you select Restart.

Show File Extensions and Hidden Files

By default, Windows 10 hides most file extensions so, when you're browsing through your files, you can't easily see what type of file they are. Your quarterly report, for example, will appear as "3dqreport" instead of "3dqreport.pptx" while that web page you saved will display as "homepage" rather than "homepage.htm" or "homepage.html."

Microsoft has been disabling extensions by default for the past several versions of its OS in a misguided effort to simplify the file system for users. However, this approach can create more problems than it solves. For example, I recently ran into a problem when linking to a font file because I referenced it as "myfont.ttf" when the hidden extension was in caps and the real name was "myfont.TTF." 

In an effort to protect you from yourself, Microsoft also hides certain operating system files from you by default. But what if you need to find these files or edit them to troubleshoot? And can't you trust yourself not to delete important files?  Here's how to show extensions and hidden files in Windows 10.

1. Navigate to the control panel. You can get there by hitting Windows + X and selecting Control Panel


2. Open File Explorer Options. If you don't see the icon for it, change the control panel view (in the upper right corner) to large or small icons.


3. Navigate to the View tab.

Click View Tab

4. Toggle "Hidden files and folders" to "Show hidden files, folders and drives."

Toggle Hidden files and folders to show hidden files, folders and drives.5. Uncheck "Hide empty drives," "Hide extensions for known file types" and "Hide protected operating system files."

Uncheck hide extensions, empty drives and OS files


6. Click Yes when warned about unhiding protected files.

Click Yes

7. Click Ok.

 Disable User Account Control

User Account Control warning

Windows wants to wag a finger at you every time you try to install a program or change a vital setting by popping up a dialog box and making you click Ok to continue. Why warn  you if you already know what you're doing? Good question. Disable User Account control to stop the needless, annoying dialog boxes.

1. Search for "user account control" in the search box.

user account control

2. Open "Change User Account Control settings."

click change user account control settings

3. Slide the slider down to "Never notify" and click Ok.

Slide down to never notify and click ok

4. Click Yes when prompted.

Click yes

Disable the Lock Screen

Unless you have a tablet and, even if you do, the Windows lock screen is an unnecessary decoration that makes you click or swipe one extra time every time you boot or wake your computer. In order to unlock your computer, you have to dismiss the lock screen, but then still have to enter your password or PIN on the login screen. Why not just go straight to the login screen?

1. Open the registry editor. You can do that by typing regedit into the run box.

enter regedit

2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

3. Create a registry key called Personalization if one doesn't already exist. You can create a new key by right clicking in the right pane and selecting Key.

Select New > Key

4. Create a new DWORD value within the Personalization key and named it NoLockScreen.


5. Set NoLockScreen to 1. You set the value by double clicking on NoLockScreen, entering the number and clicking Ok.

Set value to 1 and click Ok

 Change Your Default Browser

If you upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8, you'll notice that Microsoft Edge is now your default browser, even if Chrome or Firefox was your default before. Edge Browser is a bit faster than Chrome or Firefox, but doesn't provide the level of extensibility that its competitors offer. If you are a Chrome or Firefox user, you'll want to change your default right away.

1. Navigate to settings.

select settings

2. Click System.

click system

3. Select Default apps from the left pane.

select default apps

4. Click the Microsoft Edge icon under the "Web browser" header.

 select edge

5. Select the browser you want as your new default (ex: Chrome).

select Chrome

Delete the Windows.old Folder


If you upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10, the installation program keeps a copy of your previous version of Windows around, just in case you want to roll back. However, those files, which live in a folder called Windows.old, take up 15 to 16GB of disk space. If you plan to stay with Windows 10 (and you should), there's no reason to keep these archived files around. Unfortunately, deleting them isn't quite as simple as dragging the Windows.old folder into the recycle bin.

1. Navigate to the control panel. You can get there by hitting Windows + X and selecting control panel.

select control panel

2. Open Administrative Tools.

admin tools

3. Launch Disk Cleanup.

Disk cleanup

4. Click Ok, making sure that the C drive is selected.

Click ok

5. Click Clean up System Files.

Click Clean up system files

6. Click Ok again.

Click Ok

7 Check all the boxes on the "Files to delete" menu, especially "Previous Windows Installations" and "Temporary Windows Installation Files." Click Ok.

Check all boxes

8. Click Delete Files. It will take a few minutes to compl

Click Delete Files

9. Click Yes to confirm.

Click Yes

It will take a couple of minutes to complete the deletion process.

Speed Up Your Shutdowns

If you're old enough to have used a PC in the 1990s, you'll remember how quickly it shut off; you just hit the power button and walked away. Though Windows 10 boots very quickly, it can still take a while to shut down or restart. Part of the issue is that the OS waits a long time before exiting any programs you have running.

In some cases, Windows 10 even stops and waits indefineitely for you force close open applications. If you decided to reboot your computer, you probably meant to close that Wordpad window with the readme.txt file open in it. You can speed up your shutdowns by setting Windows 10 to kill processes and applications in short order.

1. Open regedit by hitting Windows + R and typing "regedit" into the box.

open regedit

2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control.

3. Open WaitToKillServiceTimeout.

Navigate to Control and open WaitToKillServiceTimeOut

4. Set the value to 2000 and click Ok. This is the amount of time, in milliseconds, that Windows waits to kill an unresponsive service. Most sites recommend you set this no lower than 2000 so that the system has some time to shut these processes without causing a problem.

Set to 2000

5. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.

6. Create a String Value and name it WaitToKillAppTimeOut. You can create a string value by right clicking in the right pane and selecting New > String Value.

create string value

7. Open WaitToKillAppTimeOut and set it to 2000.

set to 2000

8. Create a String Value called HungAppTimeout and set it to 2000.

Set HungAppTimeOut to 2000

9. Create another Sting Called AutoEndTasks and set it to 1.

Set AutoEndTasks to 1

Having issues with Windows 10? Our sister site, Tom’s Hardware, has a team of staffers standing by in the forums to answer your questions 24/7.

Author Bio
Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  • U1234 Says:

    Love these idiotic articles about how to remove all security settings from Windows.

  • Brian Says:

    I have a question about my PC. When I shut my web browser I have another screen quickly show up that looks like downloads sitting on the screen. How do I find out what this second screen is and why would it display documents, photos, etc. that I have previously downloaded?

  • Anthony Says:

    Anyone here, avoid this list and go find better sourced and researched tips.

    Suggestions like disabling the UAC is not only reducing security, it will cause software to stop working and even affect Window's ability to run security updates.

    This list looks more like something a hacker would write so that users would be more susceptible to malware and viruses.

    To the Author...
    1) "I recently ran into a problem when linking to a font file because I referenced it as "myfont.ttf" when the hidden extension was in caps and the real name was "myfont.TTF."

    What are you even talking about here, Windows is not case sensitive, this makes no sense.

    Most users DO NOT need to know the extensions - and often end users accidentally change the extensions and then have no reference for the contents of the file or what software will open it.

    This is a concept from moving users to a docu-centric model that has been a 'thing' since the Mac in 1984 and Windows 95.

    I can even make a case why Power Users should stop messing with or even noticing file extensions.

    2) Turning off the UAC will cause software and Windows components to fail, as they cannot obtain the security context necessary, as disabling the UAC does not give the user full 'root' equivalent permissions.

    Specifically secured software like Apps, the Windows Store and even Windows Update itself can fail with the UAC turned down or off.


    3) Stop telling people to disable the login screen.

    It is a piece of the NT security model. It may seem like a simple thing, but a set of security restrictions and a wall is in place at the login screen.

    If logging in fast is important to users, tell them to buy a PC with a Windows Hello camera or thumbprint reader or add one to their PC.

    The login screen and the lack of a UAC letting users run with near full permissions is why Windows XP had numerous security issues.

    Here we are in 2018, and you are telling users to configure Windows to be as unsecure as Windows XP?

    Are you peddling malware and setting up victims?

    4) Woo hoo you like Chrome.

    However when a novice user reads this and is running on notebook or tablet and Chrome is consuming a large chunk of RAM, slowing down their system, rendering complex CSS and RIA sites slower, displaying videos with older codecs that lack color accuracy, depth, calibration, AND reducing battery life of their device considerably - are you really helping them?

    5) The last tip about changing the kill service timeout can result in system errors and data loss - services in Windows are written to work specifically with the default timeout.

    I get people want to squeeze as much out of their computers, but several of these tips can cause damage, make software quit working and reduce system security to dangerous levels.

    Do you tell Linux and OS X user to just login as Root? (This is effectively what your UAC 'tip' is doing.)

  • mike stevens Says:

    Every time windows 10 comes up, it puts me in safe mode, which handicaps my search results! How do I stop that from happening?

  • Hackaholic5069 Says:

    you need to proofread. ive only read the first sentence and i already see a typo

  • Charkel Says:

    Advicing ANYONE to disable UAC was the most stupid thing I've heard all week.
    You need to know if the application you are starting is trying to modify data. An UAC window on an application that should not need Admin rights for any reason should raise suspicions. Of course if you only use 100% trusted sources there would be no point.
    But I am a power user and I need to know if an application is requiring Admin access to run. Most apps should not need it.

    UAC was just annoying when it released when it was new but I've come to rely on it realizing why Microsoft did it and that they were ahead of it's time. Today UAC makes Total sense and no one but really windows competent power users should disable it.
    With all these crypto currencyminers and lockers spreading like wildfire maybe UAC can prevent even one and that's a saved user.
    NEVER advice to disable UAC

  • Chris MacKay Says:

    PC's in the 1990's did not shutdown quickly, you had the shutdown the OS, wait until that process finished and then turn it off manually with the power button.

  • Eladio Says:

    You are great! I like your job. It helps us a lot!
    Keep up with that wonderful job!

  • DBaird Says:

    This article should be titled, how to make your PC less secure and allow your data to be compromised. As an IT administrator for 15+ years, trust me, this is terrible advice.

  • Infini/tive Says:

    I am an intermediate user -- I've been tech support for everyone I know since Windows 95. I don't disable UAC on my computers because:

    1. The popups are not that annoying, especially since I only see them a couple times a week.
    2. They are an extra chance to undo an unintentional mouse click or keystroke that could cause a problem.
    3. It is useful to know when such a popup is judged by the Almighty to be necessary.

    One of the things I love about Windows is how much control over things like this the user is given. UAC could be seen as heavy-handed, but IT CAN BE DISABLED. How on Earth could anyone complain about a function that can be disabled?

  • javier g del real Says:

    using windows 10 recently.
    the right click of the mouse does not work. when i click it, it does not show the list of actions i should be able to chose from. i have checked the mouse software, installed originally by the factory, and all seems to be ok. i have exchanged the ASUS mouse for a Microsoft one,and the problem persist.

  • Mary Elder Says:

    My page is up side down on my computer therefore it's hard to type up side down. Can you please HELP me with this issue' Thank you! Mary

  • Peter Says:

    RE: Post,

    Awful writing, and would edit if I could.

  • Peter Says:

    Going into uninstall program, I noticed two that were not there before. (Often checking).
    Question: One is "Browser setting, and the other is driver update? What are these?

    Yesterday, "Slimcleaner" was installed without my knowledge. I noticed change in speed, and went into cheok. I removed it. All was back the way it should be, then these two are there today.

    Should I remove them.

    Thank you,


  • Nanya Biznez Says:

    "If you plan to stay with Windows 10 (and you should..."

    As an IT Manager for 20 years, I can say that this is the worst advice in the article.

    Windows 10 makes Windows 8.x look like artwork, and 8.x was a massive piece of junk. They started working on killing it months after it was released.

    Win10 took out features that have been in Windows for years. For starters, they categorize system settings and you're forced to learn the categories, there's no way to view large or small icons or a list. You have to use the search function to get to features you need. And that's just the TIP of the iceberg. And that iceberg will sink your enjoyment and productivity very soon.

    I see a lot of comments that look like they come from beginners. RUN, don't walk away from this massive disaster. Roll back as soon as you can. The best OS in years from Microsoft is Windows 7. Get someone who knows what they're doing to get it installed on your computer and give Windows 10 about 5 years to get usable, then make the switch. Anything else is lunacy.

    Everyone I know who is any good with computers has switched away from Win 10. And Mr. Piltch is telling you to delete the files that allow you to roll back. Why? 15Gb of HD space is nothing anymore. Ask yourself why he would tell you to do this. Is someone getting a stipend from Microsoft? My guess is yes.

  • ASDFF Says:

    Utterly terrible advice. You are just telling people to disable security features and open up hidden parts of the OS to anyone.

  • TBSund Says:

    Superb advice and well laid out to accomplish. Shame the actual MS developers didn't actually understand what users really appreciate.

  • sue suplicki Says:

    thank you very much for this help Mr. Avram Piltch. I was so very lost after the upgrade from 7 to 10. perhaps I can now get rid of my old Firefox data folder too! I could never figure out what it was or why I needed it. sue

  • AndyC Says:

    Wow, I would have never thought disabling UAC would cause such an uproar. I've never used it personally since Vista, but I'm careful. I let my judgment of the experience level of the user determine if I disable it on other people's machines. But for people to blast you for showing people how to access certain settings and helping knowledgeable users improve the efficiency of the OS - I could see one comment like that, but so many?? Maybe its the expanded use of smart phones and apps that is causing the dumbing down of the average computer user. I loved your advice. Maybe if you'd have put a preamble on the article saying that this advice is for experienced users. But maybe that's implied here. Do the people blasting you really think "yes clickers" or Grandma are the types that read articles like this? I think your advice is excellent advice for your typical audience. Keep it coming!!

  • Libby Says:

    Thank you Mr. Piltch. You have provided 100% more instructions than Windows 10 provided when they closed down Windows 7 and installed this on my computer. I have spent days reading this & that trying to do the most trivial things on my computer and here you provide a wealth of information. I will be passing your name along to my other senior friends who are going through what I've gone through.

    Much appreciated.

  • FYMAH Says:

    This article is very helpfull for hackers .

    and the person that wrote this article is helping hacker for do their job easier.

    i have alerted the athorites abour this article , and they told me that they will responce ASAP.

  • Ricardo Says:

    UAC is annyoing until you open a program that shouldn't required admin privileges and the UAC window pops up. Then you know the program is trying to do something it souldn't, and UAC just saved you. So I wouldn't disable it.

  • jimmy Says:

    Haha, man the stuff about the uac apologists is hilarious. If you know what you are doing and are confident in what you download and use, absolutely disable uac.

    If not, well, then, complain about it in the comments section (like so, so many have done and will certainly do in the future).

  • Richard Settle Says:

    This is perfect.

    UAC is worthless if your the only user and not click-happy. Any security risk posed by disabling it is easily mitigated by anti-virus, anti-malware and an ad blocker which you should have anyway (I recommend AdBlock Plus in Chrome for best results).

    So much salt in the comments on a post over 6 months old is great. This article was not written with anyone less than an enthusiast in mind. If you don't trust your user to tinker with the registry, or have admin privs, this article is clearly not for them. If their using Internet Explorer/Edge, calling that other browsser "FoxFire" or just using it for Facebook/YouTube/Email; they don't need this modifications and can go with the stock product.

    Also, rstrui.exe: System Restore is the best thing Microsoft ever did, why they would limit or turn it off is beyond me. Set the restore points as large as you comfortably can, so when system stability starts to tank (which it eventually will) you have a safety net and some options to pinpoint the source of the problem. Doing a reload (because you couldn't opt-out of that critical update) with all the license keys to re-enter or Steam games to re-download is a waste of a perfectly good evening.

  • Harry Says:

    ...continued. .. that's like saying remove road hazard signs cause people don't read them or pay attention to them anyway .... a smart and careful Windows user will see the message and at the very least consider it unexpected when they never install anything and they will pay attention to it or ask somebody who understands it ... it is the illiterate and careless user who will ignore it and so don't punish everyone because of the actions of a few or even many. . err on the side if caution always.. (3) nothing ever gets silently installed on my machine when uac is enabled Whiever said things get silently installed even with uac enabled better do a full ststem restore because their system is compromised... the remaining arguments are similar and are not included in this message... have a great day and do your readers a great service by redlining the suggestion.

  • Harry Says:

    Disabling UAC is the worst imaginable thing anyone can do. Every argument below in favor of disabling it is fakse. Example... (1) to say to rely on group pplicy is absurd for the home or small business user who typically runs as administrator. (2) those who always click yes anyway.. thats their problem for ignoring messages. That's like saying remove road gazard

  • Akash Says:

    Great job Avram! Thanks for sharing.

  • Dionm Says:

    Hmm, I was going to add my two cents but it appears that the general public have beaten that horse to death many times over! ;-)

  • Zurich Says:

    So how do you do the user account control on non-admin accounts?

  • Níghtwolf Says:

    Are you Sure You Want To Change Something in Windows Every time you click on something, Are you Sure? ARE YOU SURE!? = YOU ARE THE END USER WHY ARE YOU NOT SURE? OH MICROSOFT THINKS YOU ARE STUPID. Disable what you want! And YES YOU ARE ALWAYS SURE!!!!
    I gotta get my baseball bat brb!

  • RoelV Says:

    it's not very secure thing to disable UAC.

  • Nopes Says:

    This article is wrought with bad advice.

    2% of HDD space doesn't allow for many restore points at all.

    UAC is important. Don't completely disable it.

    Rolling back to windows 7 is a good idea if you value privacy. M$ is sending all kinds of data to M$ servers, even when you turn off all telemetry. This OS is NOT FREE, YOU ARE THE PRODUCT. Don't delete the .old folder, DO ROLL BACK TO WIN7.

  • Thomas Says:

    Well if you know what you are doing disabling UAC is fine, I always do this for my computer, but never do it for other users. I know I don't have programs on my computer that want to "launch themselves" or malicious software, really just have to use a firewall and don't download random crap off the internet.

  • Liam N. Says:

    Everyone please quit screwing around with UAC. It's a water pistol in a gun fight. Users happily click allow for everything. It's worthless. If your security is left to your users, you have no security. Buy a Pro or Enterprise version of Windows and use Software Restriction Policy or AppLocker for real security. Take away local admin privileges. Whitelist approved apps, everything else is denied. Everything trying to run from temp is blocked, and this handles blocking more malware than UAC or antivirus combined.

  • sudohackfu Says:

    Disable UAC??? Whaaaat??? That is terrible advice. You are advising people configure their computers to be easily infected by malware. I bet you even think anti-virus works. Stop, learn your craft, or go be Huffingpost contributor.

  • Arvine Ewing Says:

    Some useful tips, although unhiding protected files risks damage to to Windows by unexperienced users. Showing file extensions are irrelevant for most users. Replacing Edge browsers by another defaukt browser is also a matter of pwersonal preference. The "contreversy" over User Access Control is unfounded. Apple simply prompts the user for their password when any changes or program installation is attempted. I've never even observed an instance where a UAC orompt appeared when malware or rootkit viruses from rogue browser scripts, fake email attachments or "driver update" "registry scrubber" crapware installed itself. Anyone responsible for maintaining computers for other users in an organizatiob wouldnremove administrator privileges and enable or create an admin account. Obsessing and hurling insults over User Access Control is like the chihuaua guarding your front door. Some useful tips, others that will have less experienced users at the mercy of a part-time Geek Squad student telling them they need a new hard disk, power supply and 1 month labor.

  • Kendric Says:

    Some of these suggestions are useful, but a couple, including disabling the UAC, is foolish. The dimmed screen that comes up during UAC approval locks any other programs down and prevents any changes being made - quite useful if you have malicious software. Without the UAC enabled, malicious software can make changes to your computer without your authority or even knowledge.

  • Disable UAC? Are dumb, or work for NSA? Says:

    If someone advises Linux users to set themselves as root users, he would be lynched.
    But the same advise can be given by windows pundits.

  • Katinfl Says:

    NONE of this worked. I did all the registry edits and NOTHING worked. Still get the lock screen before it goes to the password screen. Did not improve ANYTHING or make is faster.

  • kerbis Says:

    So, you have everything running as an admin and anything that wants to launch itself, can - without requiring any user intervention... that's great.

    The third role of UAC is to manage security tokens... if your account has admin privileges associated with it, at logon you are provided a standard user token only... this is enough for you to be able to go about your business, browse the web, run apps that don't require admin rights etc... if however you need to elevate ( either automatically with the embedded manifest, OR manually, and the UAC prompt is approved, you will switch to your full token which contains the necessary administrator privileges. Once the action is completed, the use of that token switches back to standard user.

  • kerbnews Says:

    So, beyond the fact that everything you launch runs at the same high level integrity, Next mechanic you miss is the use of the secure desktop for UAC approvals - it was less noticeable on Windows Vista/7 where the screen dimmed and showed your icons/apps/wallpaper in the background. Any action that prompts a UAC elevation request appears within an isolated session known as Secure Desktop.. this is a protected space where apps cannot ( or are at least prevented if possible ) from pro-grammatically intercepting UAC prompts ( such as automatically answering prompts to install ( see XP days for malicious code ).

  • Kerbis Says:

    From a high level overview perspective, every process executable since Windows Vista has an integrity label stated within its design that dictates what level of privilege is required to run it, ie. Notepad only requires basic Medium level integrity, where as administrative tools typically require High (which is why you will see prompts to elevate). You can see this easily by simply opening notepad.exe within notepad and looking for the XML manifest. Look for "RequestedExecutionLevel". Under the security concept of least access required, that is typically "as invoker", which will run the app by default as a medium level integrity process and help isolate its activities from being able to impact higher level processes.

    So the responsibility of the prompt is to ensure that any request to elevate access is known and approved by the user

  • Kerbis Says:

    Clearly no understanding of what UAC does. It manages session isolation, provides Secure Desktop and is key to a least user access model that prevents idiots like the author from running every app in an elevated state which they simply don't need

    ..... to the Author - you sir, are an imbecile - maybe you should go back to university and do a masters degree in computer science or security.

  • Grey Matter Says:

    Avram, Avram, Avram - where do you get those ideas? Disable UAC? Seriously? Are you that easily irritated? From your words, I get the impression that you think Windows is simply annoying you by asking "are you sure?" when it should know that you intentionally double-clicked on an executable file. None of those things is true. Since you appear ignorant of its inner workings, I would suggest that you spend a few minutes researching how UAC actually works and what it actually does before you abuse the power of the written word and suggest to the Windows user community that they disable this important security feature.

  • John Teksas Says:

    Thanks, very useful advices. Those who says otherwise just show their lack of skills:)

  • Ron. Duckworth Says:

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, misinformed it may be. I have worked in network security for 20 years, the UAC is disabled on all workstation computers and access is controlled through the server policies.
    @Hurp- maybe you could explain, exactly how does the UAC allow you to verify file integrity, or verify the source? it cannot, it simply say's, "allow or deny" and it does this with everything, I mean everything, you do, It is not a security device. If you click "allow", it will run regardless, whether it's good or bad. If you click "deny", then you may as well, walk away and play scrabble. Your computer is virtually useless. So, really, seriously, in the real world,who has ever, clicked, "deny", when trying to get some work done, and run something that you yourself have intentionally downloaded. That's why we have "real", security software that can detect 'actual' bad things and warn us.
    The UAC does Nothing when we all click "allow".
    I am the Administrator, and the UAC was developed for a simple network work situation, where people work in a file sharing place, to prevent others running programs on your ,sometimes shared workstation. But, you have to be sitting there and see that it was not you that started that. So you can "deny" it. To sit there and do it to your self is complete madness. You actually do this and call me an idiot, a joke right?
    Since Windows 7, the actual Admin account is hidden and locked. I actually want to get things done, so yes, why not use the admin account, It's my computer isn't it.
    You must be one of those that believe that using the admin account gives you full access, it does not, google it, my friend, and learn something new. You are all, like I said simply misinformed.

  • Hu rp McDerp Says:

    @ron - Anybody who thinks that disabling the UAC notifications is a good idea is a complete idiot. Those notifications are there for a reason. You could easily download a program that was altered by a malicious third party en route to you. The notification allow you to verify file integrity and to make sure it really is from the right source. I bet you use the Administrator account for day to day usage too. Or complained about presing crl-alt-delete to login without knowing the reason. Do you think the developers where bored one day and just wanted to troll lazy users?? If you don't see why crippling security measures due to the burden of one or two clicks is horrible advice, then you have no business calling other people misinformed. Oh, the irony...

  • Ron. Duckworth Says:

    Very good article.
    The comments from very misinformed people About UAC is also interesting. The article shows how to disable the UAC notification and it cannot be disabled this way. Windows 10 is different to 7. The UAC is still working, you just won't receive the pop up message. To completely disable UAC in 10 requires a registry fix. Those who somehow believe the UAC in windows is an essential 'security device', know nothing about computers. It does not help prevent malware at all.

  • Gary S Says:

    Good article. Tells it like it is. The idea behind UAC is fine, but Microsoft needs to quiet it down. Fix it so when you physically mouse double click an .exe file, Windows knows it's the genuine user who initiated it - no need to confirm that. And don't tell me that hackers can get around this idea, because hackers can get around UAC in it's current form anyway.

  • MSP Guy Says:

    Stop telling users to disable UAC. It's such a bad idea to reduce security when it's getting exponentially easier to get malware.

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