We’ve heard that Windows 7 will bring us a kinder, gentler version of Vista’s User Account Control (UAC), a security service which pops up windows asking for permission when you try run .exe files, make system changes, access restricted files, or perform other actions that could impact your computer’s safety and stability. However, until we have Windows 7, Vista users can take advantage of a new utility for temporarily disabling UAC – without a reboot!
The new app UAC Snooze lets you temporarily shut off UAC prompts by clicking on the icon it installs in your system tray. The app is available as a free trial for 30 days, then, to continue using it, a one-time fee of $5 is required.
UAC Snooze provides the following features:
- Temporarily turn off UAC prompts by clicking on the UAC Snooze icon in the system tray
- Can be configured to start automatically with Windows and not require a UAC prompt
- Clicking on the icon can turn off UAC prompts or snooze for 1, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes (or user-defined time)
- 10 user-defined snooze intervals can be defined
- Right-click on icon to bring up menu to select action other than the default
- When prompts are off, click on icon again to turn prompts back on
- Options to modify prompt action when program opens and closes
- Tooltip shows time remaining until prompts will be turned back on
- Icon changes based on state (Prompts On: UAC Shield , Snooze: Shield with a Z , Off: Shield with an X)
UAC Snooze works on both 32 and 64 bit systems and can be downloaded from here.