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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 …

  1. Go to Start Menu/Control Panel and there double click the Administrative Tools icon.
  2. Several new icons will appear. Double click the Local Security Policy icon and a new window with the same name opens.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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  1. Kevin Borg
    July 12th, 2007 at 16:56 | #1

    hi,
    im running vista home premium and when i d click the adminstrative tools icon in the control panel
    i get no options that are called “LOCAL SECURITY POLICY” which vista version has this options

    Even when i do a search for the LSP nothing shows up n the whole computer

    can u help me

    cheers kevin

  2. July 12th, 2007 at 20:49 | #2

    Hi Kevin, this was all tested on Vista Ultimate. Does anything come up if you type Local in the startmenu? I do remember that this could also be done with a change in the Registry but I can’t find the site where it was explained.

  3. Usambara
    July 28th, 2007 at 07:31 | #3

    For home etc, LSP registry setting are here:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    For this change PromptOnSecureDesktop to 0.
    And ta for tweak :)

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