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Enable Ctrl+Alt+Delete For UAC Prompt

One of the good things about the Windows 10 operating system, Is the array of security options It provides, one of which Is the UAC (User Account Control), that basically prompts before a program or application can execute with administrator access. Did you know that you can enable the Ctrl+Alt+Delete functionality, every time you're prompted by the UAC? Well, In this tutorial, I will show you how to do this with Incredible ease.

Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to In terms of the UAC (User Account Control). When launching applications or performing specific tasks, In order to prevent unauthorized changes to your computer, by default, the UAC will prompt whether to allow such actions as shown In the Image below.

This Is a safeguard against malicious software (malware) and the like, from silently Installing and Infecting your PC. As an added layer of protection, I will demonstrate how to enable Ctrl+Alt+Delete, every time you're prompted by the UAC. Essentially, you must first press Ctrl+Alt+Delete simultaneously on your keyboard, prior to accessing the UAC prompt.

To achieve this, I will be using the good old Group Policy Editor. Do note that the GPE Is only available In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. If you're running either of these, then this tutorial Is for you. So without further ado, let's get this started.

Step One:

To access the Group Policy Editor, open the Run menu, enter gpedit.msc and hit OK as shown below.

Step Two:

The Group Policy Editor will now open, so navigate to the following directory.
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Credential User Interface

Make sure the Credential User Interface folder Is selected, and on the right pane, double-click Require trusted path for credential entry.

Step Three:

To the left of the window, select the Enabled radio button and then click OK to finalize the process. The Ctrl+Alt+Delete setting will now be applied to the UAC prompt. We'll check It out In the next few steps.

Step Four:

I've now tried to execute an application that requires full administrator access, and as you can see, I'm prompted to hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete on my keyboard, prior to accessing the UAC.

Last Step:

Upon pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete simultaneously on my keyboard, as expected, the UAC prompt has launched. Perfect!

Final Thoughts:

To prevent malware and the like from Infecting your computer, It's always good practice to have the UAC (User Account Control) active at all times. As an added layer of protection, you can now apply the Ctrl+Alt+Delete feature, which bulletproofs automated malicious requests from executing. In the event you've changed your mind and want to reverse the process, refer to Step Three above and select the Not Configured radio button. Don't forget to hit OK on exit.


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