How to Prevent UAC (User Account Control) Blacking Out Windows Background

One of the most frustrating feature of Windows Vista is User Account Control (UAC) where user gets unwanted security  prompt while running any important application. It asks user to either allow the application or block it. When the UAC appears, the rest of the desktop fades out and you won’t be able to do any other task without selecting options given in UAC window.

If this feature annoys you a lot then you can tweak the Windows registry to make changes in UAC. After changing a Dword value, your screen won’t fade out with UAC. Here’s how you can do this:

1) Click on Windows Start button given on a bottom left. Now type regedit in the search field. Right click on regedit.exe and select Run as administrator.

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2) When the registry editor windows opens, from the left hand side of the window navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE –> SOFTWARE –> Microsoft –> Windows –> CurrentVersion –> Policies –> System.

3) On the right pane, you’ll see many options. Check out the option PromptOnSecureDesktop.

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4) Double click on PromptOnSecureDesktop. Now set the Value Data from 1 to 0. Now press OK.

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5) Close the Registry editor.

This change in registry will take effect immediately without the need of reboot.

Note: This method is only applied for Windows Vista Business/Ultimate Users. If you are Windows Vista Home user then you have to crate a registry entry. All you need to do is go to the path in registry described above (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE –> SOFTWARE –> Microsoft –> Windows –> CurrentVersion –> Policies –> System). Now on the right pane, right click and create a new 32-bit DWORD value.

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Name the value PromptOnSecureDesktop and set its value to 0. That’s it. You won’t get dark screen when UAC prompts.

How to Hide Search Box in Windows 7

Windows 7 search is an awesome tool to search for any files. But if you want to switch to some other useful tool such as Everything search tool then it’s better to disable Windows default search box. You can do this with the help of Turn Windows features on or off. This guide will tell you how to disable search option in Windows 7.

1. Click on Start button and search for turn windows features (it is ironic that we are using search box to disable the search box). Click on the Turn Windows features on or off.

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2. In Windows features window, scroll down to the Windows Search option. You have to uncheck the box next to it to disable the feature.

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3. When you uncheck, a pop up appears asking you to continue or not. Click Yes button. Then click OK button on the Windows features box.

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4. Wait for few seconds.

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5. Click on Restart Now button to restart your PC.

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6. Now click on Start button. You won’t find that traditional search search box in the Start menu. Similarly the search option disappears on Windows explorer top right.

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That’s how you can disable search option in Windows 7. It is advised to disable the search box if highly needed. I am recommending not to disable the search box because it come in handy in many situations just like we found Windows features option box by using the search box in Step 1 of this tutorial.

How To Back Up Windows 7 & Windows Vista Registry

There are various Windows registry tweaks available to tweak your Windows 7. Before apply any change in registry it is advisable to backup your current registry files. Windows 7 provides option to export the registry file anywhere in your computer. You can use this exported file to import the registry in case if you’ll face any problem. This is a step by step guide to backup registry in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Click on Start button and type regedit in the search box. Press Enter.

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Registry Editor will open. Go to File –> Export.

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It will ask you for the location of registry file. The backup file will be in .reg format. Select the proper location and click “Save”.

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That’s it. You’ve successfully created a backup of your registry. In case you want to restore backup, go to File –> Import and select the backup file. This is the easiest method to create backup of registry. There are various third party tools available and we’ll discuss about them in future articles.

Note: Registry is backed up during creation of  system restore point.

How To Create a System Restore Point in Windows 7

System restore is a nice feature in Windows 7 and other Windows versions (Me, XP, Vista) that lets you create a restore point inside your computer so that you can go back to that state of your computer screwed up due to any bad program installation or any other factor.

There are many programs which make system restore point automatically on your computer while installation but this facility doesn’t come with all the programs. You can always create system restore point manually in Windows.

Here’s a step by step guide to create the system restore point manually.

1. Click on Start button and type restore point in the search box. Press Enter.

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2. A system properties window will open up. Go to the system protection tab. Now click on “Create” button.

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3. It will launch a restore point option. Now, type the description on the restore point you create. I prefer date of creation of restore point to remember it. After typing the description, click the “create” button.

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System protection will start creating restore point in your computer. It will take few seconds.

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After the restore point created, a window will pop up telling you that the restore point has created successfully.

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That’s it. You’ve successfully created the system restore point. If you face any problem after crappy programs installation, go to the system restore and restore your system. We will discuss in future that how you can repair your system using system restore.