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Figure 3-5. Providing consent to continue

Although these features have a far-reaching impact on the way you use Windows 7, they enhance security and provide your computer with better protection from malicious programs. If you use these features as they are intended to be used, your computer will be protected from many types of malicious programs.

In Windows 7, UAC differentiates between changes to Windows settings and changes to the operating system made by programs and devices. Because of this, you can fine-tune the way UAC works so that you are notified about only particular types of changes. For example, most of the time you'll want to know only when programs are trying to install themselves or make changes to the operating system and won't want to be prompted every time you try to change Windows settings. In the revised UAC as implemented in Windows 7, you can now do this. You also can configure UAC so the secure desktop is not used. As I'll discuss in Chapter 18, you also can manage UAC through policy settings under Security Settings->Local Policies->Security Options.

On most personal or small office computers, you can fine-tune UAC by following these steps:

1. In Control Panel, click System and Security and then click the Change User Account Control Settings link under the Action Center heading.

2. On the User Account Control Settings page, shown in Figure 3-6, use the slider provided to choose when to be notified about changes to the computer. Your options and my recommendations (which differ somewhat from Microsoft's recommendations) are:

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