Is there any real purpose to UAC?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Hannibal Lecter, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

    May 12, 2010
    After doing a lot of research, I still do not understand if there is a real purpose to UAC. All I see on my computer is, that it asks me every single time I want to use an application, which I use every day, (f.e. ccleaner) If I really want to use it. It keeps asking every day, although every day of all those years I have been using Win7 I have answered the same question with a yes, and UAC does not even offer a whitelist! And not once in all that time have I had a software when my answer to the UAC popup was actually a no....

    I do not know, and I have not found an anser to my question, if UAC does actually do something else too, that might be needed.

    Can I set it to its lowest setting, can I somneone disable it completley and how do I do it.
    (I am the only one using my computer)
  2. MysTikAL3

    MysTikAL3 MDL Senior Member

    Jul 15, 2013
    #3 MysTikAL3, Jul 15, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2013
    Setting 3 I find best, instead of'll be notified if you click a disquised .exe or some rogue app tries to install itself...
    While surfing it is a worthwhile added protection without the annoyance IMO.
  3. Hannibal Lecter

    Hannibal Lecter MDL Senior Member

    May 12, 2010
    Thank you both.

    So, my assumption is correct that it ONLY does anything at all, when I try to use some software? I was afraid I might also switch off something else?

    Is there any reason why UAC has no white list?
  4. RickSteele

    RickSteele MDL Addicted

    Nov 12, 2009
    #5 RickSteele, Oct 10, 2014
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  5. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

    Oct 7, 2010
    Good info is hard to find sometimes Rick, I am sure everyone will understand the reason for the thread necromancy this time lol