Change the User Account Control (UAC) Level in Windows 7 & Windows 8

The User Account Control (UAC) implementation in Windows 7 and Windows 8 is a lot friendlier than the one in Windows Vista. In a previous tutorial we explained what UAC does, how it runs and why you should keep it turned on. Now it is time to explain how to change between the available UAC levels, so that it works the way you want it to.

Open the User Account Control (UAC) Settings in Windows 7 & Windows 8

Changing the way UAC works is done from the User Account Control Settingswindow. The are many ways to open this window:

One method is to open the Control Panel and go to"System and Security -> Action Center -> Change User Account Control settings".

User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7 and Windows 8

In Windows 8, you can also type the word uac directly on the Start screen, filter by Settings and click or tap "Change User Account Control settings".

User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7 and Windows 8

In Windows 7, open the Start Menu, type the word uac into its search box and click the "Change User Account Control settings" search result.

User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7 and Windows 8

How To Configure User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7 & Windows 8

The User Account Control Settings window has a slider that you can use to adjust the UAC settings. By default, both in Windows 7 and Windows 8, User Account Control is set to notify you only when programs and apps try to make changes to your computer.

User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7 and Windows 8

You can switch between any of the four available levels: "Always notify", "Notify me only when programs/apps try to make changes to my computer", "Notify me only when programs/apps try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop)" and "Never notify".

All these levels are explained in detail, here: What is UAC (User Account Control) & Why You Should Not Turn it Off.

To switch to another level, simply move the slider to the appropriate position and click or tap OK. Depending on the previous UAC level that was set, you may receive a User Account Control prompt, asking you to confirm this change.

Conclusion

As you can see from this guide, changing User Account Control levels is very easy, both in Windows 7 and Windows 8. The available levels provide a lot more flexibility and customization versus the first iteration of this feature, which was implemented in Windows Vista.
We are curious to learn which UAC level you are using and why. Don't hesitate to share it with us in a comment below.