If you’re reading this then you’re probably a Windows user – and are getting tired of your computer asking to confirm this or that every time you want to perform an action. Here are a few tips to stopping this.
Using your computer should be easy – and I’d argue Microsoft has done a good job at this with Windows 7 as it helps simplify your PC tasks. In fact, I just wrote about seven Windows 7 tips to getting more out of the operating system.
But unless you change some of the default settings, you will be asked, reminded or confirmed to do a few tasks. And that might just get annoying after a while.
So, here’s how to get around these things:
Permission to change settings, run programs
Introduced in Windows Vista, your computer will repeatedly ask if you if you want to do something, such as open an application or change a system setting. This pop-up box is to ensure you don’t accidentally perform an act that can damage your computer or data. Microsoft recommends it for novice computer users as that extra permission reminder might help safeguard your PC from harm.
But if you’re tech savvy enough and don’t want to click through a series of boxes to approve something, here’s how to turn off User Account Control (UAC).
To disable this feature, click Start, then Control Panel, and then User Accounts and Family Safety. Once inside this area, click User Accounts and finally, Change User Account Control Settings.
Now you’ll see a slider bar, which you can drag down to “Never Notify.” Save the settings and exit. Again, only do this if you’re computer savvy enough not to run an unknown .exe file or change important system settings.
Stop AutoPlay (or change what pops up)
OK, so everything time you connect something to your PC (such as a USB stick or camera) or insert a CD or DVD, you get that pop-up window that asks what you want to do with it – or it launches the program automatically (such as Windows Media Player). Many people like this feature as it can open up a relevant application to access your info or media.
But if you don’t like it – or want to change what program it opens – here’s what to do.
To turn AutoPlay off completely, open AutoPlay by clicking the Start button and typing in “auto” (without the quotes) in the search window. Select AutoPlay and you’ll see a long list of all media and devices. At the top, simply uncheck where is says “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.”
To turn off AutoPlay for only one type of media, open AutoPlay (see above) and once inside the AutoPlay, uncheck each item in the list you don’t want to be asked about. Select “Take no action” from the pull-down menu and then click Save.
To open a specific program when you connect media to your computer, select the name of the program for each action, such as when inserting a blank DVD or connecting an iPad. In some cases you can also select what action to take, such as when connecting an audio CD you can have your PC automatically rip it into MP3s, if you like.
Stop remembering passwords
Finally, many feel it’s convenient when browsers like Internet Explorer can remember passwords for you – especially if you’re the only one who uses the computer – as you won’t need to type it every time.
But if you don’t like it, you can stop Windows from asking you to remember passwords. In your browser, click on the Tools menu from the top of the screen and at the bottom of the drop-down window, click on Internet Options. Now click on the Content tab and you will see the “Auto-complete” button and the “Auto-complete Settings” screen.
Uncheck the box that says “User names and passwords on forms.” In the same window, click on “Clear Passwords.” A new box will appear and will ask “Clear all previously saved form passwords?” Click “Ok”. That’s it!