Adding a password to Windows’ 7 UAC Prompt

If you are a security advocate, you will probably notice that Windows 7 does not have a password dialog in UAC anymore. This is a big security issue to me because if you somehow forget to lock your workstation, anyone can wreak havoc on your computer by just selecting “Continue”. I do remember that back in Windows Vista, it usually did have a password prompt. If you want your UAC to have a password (Shown Below from Ars Technica and yes it is a Vista one), then follow these steps!

First of all, you will need to use the Registry Editor (WARNING: The Registry is one of the most important things your computer uses to know its settings! Using this editor will help you change the values of different settings (Called “Keys”) changing the wrong keys can cause so much damage it’s not even funny. Only modify the keys I tell you and exactly the keys I tell you.) so open regedit by going to “Start” and then typing regedit and pressing “Enter”. After it opens you will need to navigate to the following Key, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem

registry-uac-password

Then you need right click on the key “ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin” and click “Modify” then change the value to 3 (the default value is 5). Click OK then close regedit (Without changing any other keys!)

And there you have it! If you want to test it, try adding a new user account, or open regedit back up (AND THEN CLOSE IT WITHOUT TOUCHING THE KEYS!)

Thanks for Visiting

-Russell

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About RJ

I love computers and technology, currently trying to learn a little bit of programming, oh and I have a crazy love for office supplies!

Posted on November 19, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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