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How to turn off User Account Control in Windows Vista or Windows 7 (KB957)

User Account Control is a Windows Vista (and Windows 7)  feature which interferes with a number of PC Study Bible features.  The following instructions explain how to turn off User Account Control in Vista. 

  1. Click on the Start button.
     
  2. Type msconfig into the field where the cursor is blinking.  It says Start Search until you type.
     
  3. msconfig.exe appears a few inches above the Start Search field.
     
  4. Click on msconfig.exe
     
  5. The User Account Control window appears:
    Windows needs your permission to continue
    System Configuration Utility

     
  6. Click Continue
     
  7. The System Configuration window opens.
     
  8. Click on the Tools tab.
     
  9. Click on the Tool Name heading in order to put the list in alphabetical order.
     
  10. Click on Disable UAC in order to highlight it.  (Should you ever need to turn User Account Control back on, follow these same instructions, but click on Enable UAC instead).
     
  11. Click the Launch button.
     
  12. A window (usually black) opens, saying "The operation completed successfully."
     
  13. Close the black window.
     
  14. Click OK in the System Configuration window.
     
  15. Save anything you have been working on, then restart Windows.
     
  16. Windows restarts.  Wait for Windows to finish starting up. From now on, starting in the next day or two, each time you start or restart your computer, Windows Vista will show a message balloon in the lower right corner saying "check your user account control settings".  Just click the small "x" in the upper right corner to dismiss the message each time and to leave User Account Control turned off.
     
  17. If you ever want to turn User Account Control back on, go back to Step 1 above.

On some systems, it might be easier to use the following instructions to turn off User Account Control:

  1. Close any programs you have opened.
     
  2. Go to the Control Panel 
     
  3. Double-click on User Accounts 
     
  4. Click on the option for "Turn User Account Control on or off" (Windows 7 may say "Change User Account Control Settings" or something similar.)
     
  5. User Account Control asks your permission 
     
  6. Click Continue 
     
  7. Uncheck the box which says "Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer"  (In Windows 7, drag the slider to the bottom position, which says something like "Never notify.")
     
  8. Click OK 
     
  9. "You must restart your computer to apply these changes" message appears 
     
  10. Click Restart Now 
     
  11. Windows restarts
       
  12.  User Account Control is now turned off, but Vista may prompt you each day to turn it back on.  (See explanation above about the message "balloon".)
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