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How to Turn Off Permissions in Windows 8

Toning down the nagging permission screens in Windows 8 leaves your PC more vulnerable to the dark forces of computing. But if you find yourself grinding your teeth more than working, Administrator account holders may adjust the paranoia level of Windows 8 by following these steps:

  1. Right-click in the bottommost-left corner of any screen; when a text menu pops up, choose Control Panel.

    The desktop Control Panel appears. (On a tablet, open the Desktop tile, click the Settings icon on the Charms bar, and choose Control Panel from the Settings pane's top edge.)

  2. Click to open the Control Panel's User Accounts and Family Safety section. Then click the User Accounts icon.

    The Make Changes to your User Account page appears.

  3. Click the Change User Account Control Settings link.

    A scroll bar appears on the screen, set three-quarters of the way up to Windows’ Default setting.

  4. To relax User Account Control, slide the scroll bar down; to increase its strictness, slide it up.

    The scroll bar offers four settings:

    • Always Notify Me When: This setting makes for a very secure PC but a very difficult work environment stuffed with false alarms.

    • Default: This setting is a nice balance between safe and nag-free. Windows 8 comes set to this option.

    • Notify Me Only When Apps Try to Make Changes to My Computer (Do Not Dim My Desktop): This works like the Default setting but doesn't blacken the desktop during a warning. That makes the warning less noticeable.

    • Never Notify: The least secure, this setting shuts down the permission screens, giving you no warning when programs — including evil ones — make changes. You must restart your PC before it takes effect.

      Choose the setting that leaves you the most comfortable. The Default level strikes a good balance between security and comfort.

  5. Click OK after choosing your comfort level.

If you change your mind, turn the permissions screens back on by repeating these steps, making sure to return to the Default setting in Step 5.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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