If an application other than the foreground application requests elevation, instead of interrupting your work (the foreground task) with a prompt, UAC signals its request with a flashing orange taskbar button . Click the taskbar button to see the prompt.
It becomes natural to click through dialog boxes without reading them or giving them a second thought. But it's important to recognize that security risks to your computer are real, and that actions that trigger a UAC prompt are potentially dangerous. Clearly, if you know what you're doing and you click a button to, say, set the Windows Update settings, you can blow past that security dialog box with no more than a quick glance to be sure it was raised by the expected application. But if a UAC prompt appears when you're not expecting it—stop, read it carefully, and think before you click.
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