How To Turn Off Secure Desktop In Windows 7

By default settings of Windows 7, the desktop becomes dimmed when you are notified of a change to your computer such as when you run a exe file or when you want to change certain elevated security settings. You will have to either say “Yes” or “No” to the request. During such UAC (User Access Control) request, you cannot do anything else on the computer. This is a security setting termed as “Secure Desktop”.

Normally, this is a good security feature. But if you know what you are doing in your PC and doesn’t need such interruptions, follow the below steps to disable dimming of screen.

METHOD 1: Using Local Group Policy Editor

1. Click Start—> type secpol.msc in the Start Search box, and then press Enter Key.

2. In the left pane of Local Security Policy Editor, navigate through “Security Settings—> Local Policies—> Security Options”.

3. In the right pane, double-click on item“User Account Control Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation”


4. In the following dialog box, select “Disabled” option.


5. Click “OK” to save the changes.

6. Exit Local Security Policy Editor.


METHOD 2: Editing the Registry

(Suitable for Windows 7 Home Edition Users which doesn’t have Group Policy Editor)

1. Click Start—> Type regedit in Start Search Box and press Enter Key.

2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to:



3. In the right pane, double-click on item “PromptOnSecureDesktop” and then change the value from 1 to 0.


4. Click “OK” and then exit the Registry Editor.

Kiran Kumar

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