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Stop UAC/Secure Desktop from dimming the screen

Just had to upgrade my office PC to Windows 7, and every time a program wants admin access it seems to enable a "secure desktop" which (for reasons that escape me) this involves telling the video card to shut off its output and then re-enable it, even though the screen resolution and other settings are entirely unchanged.

This process causes my monitor to lose sync and it takes about five seconds for the picture to return. Needless to say this is very distracting and slows me down considerably.

I know it is possible to disable the secure desktop, but I would rather leave it on if possible. I do however, want to stop Windows from resetting the video mode and to just leave the screen in its current mode.

So is it possible to leave UAC enabled, but prevent it from stuffing around with the video mode?

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marked as duplicate by Sathya Apr 8 '11 at 3:38

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

Duplicate of… – squillman Apr 8 '11 at 1:28
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In the Start search box type UAC, then click the link "change user account control settings"

Or access it using Control Panel (icon view) > User Accounts

Set the UAC control down one notch, hit OK.

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More on UAC settings


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But doesn't that stop UAC from notifying you when you make changes to the settings? I want to keep that, I just don't want the monitor to go into standby for a few seconds whenever one of the questions pops up. – Malvineous Apr 8 '11 at 5:38
No, give it a try, also read the link at the bottom of my answer, it give a good explanation of what this setting does. – Moab Apr 8 '11 at 13:58
Indeed it does seem to work! – Malvineous Apr 12 '11 at 5:11

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