How to disable the dim desktop when UAC prompts in Windows

In Windows 7 and Vista when a program requires higher privilege to execute or when the Windows System finds it not safe, the user is given a prompt which dims the background and a pop up displays where you need to confirm to go ahead or cancel back. For many users specially in family this becomes little annoying so lets find out how we can disable this dimming or also called as blackening of the Windows.

Before you start you should know that this reduces the security a bit. When the desktop goes dim it’s not just that the background is made dark, there are many things that stop working for example the program for which this prompt was made cannot do any background work. Try taking a print screen and you wont be able to.

For Individual users :

  • Type UAC in Windows 7 Start Menu and you will see Change User Account Control Settings.
  • Click and you will get another screen which lets you control these prompts.
  • Slide down to third level where you see “Do not dim my desktop” on the right hand side detail area.
  • Select Ok and you will be prompted again with a dim desktop but this is the last time you would see this.

If you want to implement as Group Policy :

  • Launch The Group Policy Editor ( gpedit.msc)
  • Navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.
  • Select template which says User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation and disable it.
  • Save and you are done.

Related : ByPass UAC by always launching programs with trust


About Ashish Mohta

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