How To Stop Your Vista Desktop From Being Darkened Or Blacked Out

Posted: Feb 8 2007, 1:13pm CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 12:56am CDT, in News | Other Stuff


How to Stop Your Vista Desktop from Being Darkened or Blacked Out
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Frequently when I start Vista I end up with a darkened screen rather than the bright screen I prefer. This is a rather odd security feature in Windows Vista’s User Account Control area.

This is one feature that I find particularly irritating and if you do too you will be glad to know that you can disable this feature, though it may make your desktop less secure. However, this is something I am willing to risk to get my bright attractive screen back rather than the dull, dark screen I get now.To disable the Secure Desktop follow these steps:

  • Click Start
  • Search for Security via the Start search box underneath the All Programs link
  • You should get Local Security Policy as the first search return under programs, click Local Security Policy
  • Click continue when prompted for permission by Windows
  • Double click Local Policies
  • Click Security Options
  • Scroll to the bottom of the policy window in the right side of the list and look for “User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop environment when prompting for elevation” and double click it
  • Click the Disabled button
  • Click Apply
  • Click OK
  • Click the “X” in the upper right corner to close the Local Security Policy page

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