How to Disable User Access Control (UAC) in Windows Vista

User Access Control (UAC) is the feature of Windows Vista that requires the need to always confirm administrative actions by typing in your password. If you disable this then your account can be configured to run with administrative privileges all the time like you could do in Windows XP. This results in you not having to type in your password all the time to do administrative functions on your computer like installing programs. Here is how to disable UAC:

  1. Launch the MSconfig app by opening up the command prompt and typing: msconfig
  2. Select the Tools tab.
  3. Select the Disable UAC option.
  4. Click the Launch button to execute the command line which will disable UAC.
  5. Reboot the computer to put the changes into effect.

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How to Remove the Loading Screen in Windows Vista

Windows Vista displays a boot loading splash screen with a small progress bar animation. Behinds the scenes drivers and configurations are being loaded. For troubleshooting purposes it is useful to remove the simple boot loading screen and display the drivers and configurations being loaded while Windows Vista starts up. Here is how you remove the simple boot loading screen and display the verbose boot loading screen:

  1. Open run by pressing Window Key+r
  2. Type “msconfig” without the double quotes and press ENTER.
  3. Click on the boot tab and check the option “OS boot information“.
  4. Click ok and apply

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Vista – How To Disable the Remote Desktop Warning: “Remote Desktop cannot verify the identity of the computer you want to connect to…”

The Remote Desktop client on Vista gives a REALLY annoying warning message every time you connect to a preVista computer such as a server running Windows 2003. The warning message looks like the one in the picture below:

Remote Desktop Warning

You can get rid of this warning message by editing the registry or configuring a setting in the client itself. Here is how you do it by editing the Vista registry:

1. Open up the registry editor

2. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client

3. Add a new “DWORD” entry named “AuthenticationLevelOverride” and assign it a value of “0” (zero).

4. You should now no longer get that annoying warning message.


Here is how you do it by configuring a setting in the Remote Desktop Client:

1. Click on “Options”

2. Click on the “Advanced Tab”

3. In “Authentication Options”, select “Always connect, even if authentication fails”

Vista – Open Command Prompt Here Menu Option

In Windows XP you could install an enhancement (Power Toy) which would display a menu option named “Open Command Window Here” whenever you right-clicked on a folder icon. This would allow you to launch a shell already changed to the folder you right-clicked on. This feature is built into Vista. Just hold down the SHIFT key while right-clicking on a folder icon and you will see the menu option “Open Command Window Here”.