Turn off 'Secure Desktop' in Windows® 7
What is the purpose of turning off 'Secure Desktop' in Windows 7? Mention the methods to do so.
The User Account Control is the facility available to the users of the Windows Operating System from the Windows Vista system onwards. The new Windows 7 systems also possess the User Account Control facilities. The UAC is enabled on the system by default. The option provides the user with Always Notify facility which notifies the user about the changes upon the system. If the user makes any changes on Windows 7 systems, the UAC would notify the user. The user should either deny the request or approve. Else the desktop becomes dim and prevents the user from continuing the other processes. Such behavior of the desktop is known as the secure desktop. The facility becomes annoying for the users while the Always Notify option dialog box appears whenever a change happens upon the system. So the user may disable the secure desktop option for the purpose of avoiding the dialog box appearance on the system desktop.
Discussed below are some ways to turn off secure desktop option in Windows 7:
- Turn off using group policy
- Turn off by changing the registry values
- Some tips to remember while turn off the secure desktop
Turn off using group policy
Click on the start menu and then type secpol.msc at the search box text area. Now press the enter key. The local security policy dialog box would appear and the user should click on local policies option at the left pane of the window. Then click on security options and move to the right side of the window. Scroll down through the options and double click on ‘User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation’. Then select the disabled option from the dialog box appears. Now the secure desktop in the Windows 7 system is turned off.
Turn off by changing the registry values
Click the start menu and type regedit in the search area provided at the menu. In the registry editor window, navigate to the following registry sub key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem. In the window double click on PromptOnSecureDesktop option. Now change the value to 0 at the value data option on the dialog box. Click ok and exit the wizard. Thus the secure desktop feature is turned off on the Windows 7 system.
Windows 7 versions like Home Basic and Home Premium does not contain Local Group Policy Editor. So the users of those Windows 7 systems should use the registry editor option to turn off the secure desktop. Always log on to system as the administrator for getting the privilege to edit the registry contents and also for accessing the group policy editor option. The registry sub key values should be followed in the correct order. Backup of the registry should be there since the chances of error occurring while the users edit the registry contents is more.
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