You will see the secured desktop mode in Windows Vista whenever you receive a user access control prompt. Those helpful windows that ask you for permission to do something. This prompts are usually accompanied by a black screen with just the user access control prompt visible. If you think this is annoying, like I do, here is how to disable secured desktop mode in Windows Vista.
What is Secured Desktop Mode?
Secured desktop mode stops applications from accessing other applications. For example, whenever you see a UAC prompt, secured desktop enables, stopping malicious or good applications from accessing the UAC prompt. Secured desktop mode not only protects UAC prompts, but also the login screen and when CTRL+ALT+DELETE is pressed. This protection helps when other applications try to still your passwords, disable buttons, or restrict menus. The bad side to secured desktop is the speed. At times, the secured desktop mode can take a long time. This can be frustrating no matter how much it helps. If you want to read more about this click this link. On the other hand, I do not personally recommended disabling secured desktop mode, but here is how to do it.
Disable Secured Desktop Mode
To disable secured desktop in Windows Vista we need to use the Local Security Policy. In the Start Search type in Local and find the Local Security Policy. You need admin rights to run this so make sure do. Click on Local Security Policy to open it.
The Local Security Policy window will open. In the Local Security Policy on the left frame click the drop down for Local Policies and then click on Security Options.
In the right frame find the policy that says ” User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation”. It should be near the bottom. When you find it, double click on it.
After double clicking the policy a new window will open. On the Local Security Settings tab click the radio button near Disabled. Then click OK to turn off the policy.
Now go back to Windows Vista and try to run something that requires admin rights. You will no longer see the black overlay behind the UAC prompt. If you don’t, try rebooting your machine and try it again.
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