Vista Tweak 7: Disabling the secured (dimmed) desktop during UAC consent prompt
Normally when Vista’s User Account Control (UAC) asks the user for a consent when launching an application that is deemed insecure, the desktop will fade dark while the consent window is shown. While I recommend to always leave UAC turned on, this desktop dimming can get annoying very quickly.
Fortunately this behavior can be disabled so that the consent window is still shown without dimming the whole desktop. To turn this off follow these steps …
- Go to Start Menu/Control Panel and there double click the Administrative Tools icon.
- Several new icons will appear. Double click the Local Security Policy icon and a new window with the same name opens.
- In the left side of the window is an entry named Local Policies, double click it and it will unfold. Some new items will appear under it, click the item named Security Options.
- In the right side of the window is now a long list of Policy options, scroll down until you find the one named User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation. Double click this item and a properties window will open.
- In the properties window on the Local Security Setting tab are two options, Enabled and Disabled, click the Disabled option, then click Ok and you are done.