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Software Adds Precautions for Computer Changes

User Access Control (UAC) is being activated in Windows 7 as NDSU moves to the Active Directory domain.

User Access Control (UAC) is a way for the operating system to ask customers if they are sure they want to make changes, install software, allow programs to continue, etc. UAC asks for permission by asking for an username and an administrative password. UAC helps prevent viruses or unqualified changes/access to occur on the computer and for the customer to understand what is going on with the operating system.

If you are in the process of installing software or making changes, then you know what is occurring when the UAC appears.  Therefore, you type in your credentials and allow the process to go on. However, if you are not aware of anything being installed or a change being made and the UAC appears, this would be a good time not to allow the changes to be made

This screenshot shows a customer some information to be guided by:

User Access Control

It shows the program name (Adobe Flash Player), that the publisher is verified (Adobe) and that the file originates from the hard drive of the computer. If you know that you are installing the program and recognize the publisher, then go ahead type in your username and password and allow the changes.

If you do not recognize the program, or maybe the software is not verified, or maybe the origination is from the Internet (and you have not initiated this), you may want to consider not allowing changes to be made.

NDSU is moving to the new Active Directory system and the UAC is turned by default now and it cannot be turned off.

To learn more, check the Microsoft Windows User Account Control website.

Blair Johnson, Desktop Support Specialist; ITS Help Desk, (701) 231-8685

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