Overview

Introduction

Welcome to the Configure User Account Control Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Manage User Account Control Settings

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Configure the different settings in User Account Control

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Configure user account control (UAC) - Understand standard user vs. administrative user; understand types of UAC prompts and levels

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Managing User Account Control (UAC) Settings

User Account Control (UAC) is as a security feature in Windows designed to minimize the risk of running Windows as an administrator and to maximize the convenience of running the operating system as a regular user account.

In earlier Windows versions like Windows XP, malware could use the credentials of the locally-signed in administrator account to compromise the system. For example, if you were using Windows XP while signed-in as a local administrator and unintentionally downloaded malware from the Internet. This malware could use the administrator account to delete files, write on the Windows registry, modify startup files and compromise the computer’s security and system stability.

Beginning with Windows Vista and later versions, UAC is the result of a revamped Windows security designed where standard (regular) users and administrators use the limited privileges of a standard user to perform most system tasks. If an administrator is signed-in to Windows, UAC prompts the administrator to confirm actions that make changes to the computer. Whereas, when a standard user is signed-in, UAC will prompt the standard user to use the administrator account to perform the action. In both scenarios, the elevation to administrator-level privileges is temporary and used to perform only the action required.

In this exercise, you will manage UAC settings and understand how the UAC notifications work.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Configure UAC system settings
  • Test how UAC prompts work

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