How and Why to Enable User Account Control Prompt for Credentials in Windows 10

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Why and How to Enable User Account Control Prompt for Credentials in Windows 10
By default, Windows 10 is configured to display the User Account Control (UAC) confirmation box every time you attempt to install a program on the or make any changes to the system settings.

If you are logged on to Windows with an administrator account (the one that you created during the Windows installation process), you are displayed with the UAC Prompt for Consent confirmation box and only have to click “Yes” to confirm.

If you have used any non-administrator account to log on, you must provide the administrator’s password in the UAC confirmation box, which is known as Prompt for Credentials.

Apart from the administrator account that you create during Windows installation and any non-administrator accounts that you may have created afterwards, there is another built-in administrator account with the name of Administrator. For this built-in Administrator account, the UAC automatically allows the actions and the user logged on with this account is never displayed with any confirmation box, i.e. neither Prompt for Consent nor Prompt for Credentials.

Even though the above configurations have been set keeping the users’ easiness and comfort of accessibility in mind, you may prefer your computer to be more sercure. Since the built-in Administrator account is always disabled as per Windows 10’s default settings, you can make your operating system more secure by enabling the UAC’s Prompt for Credentials for the other administrator accounts.

Here is how:

  1. Use any administrator account to log on to your Windows 10 PC.
  2. On the desktop screen, press the Windows + R keys together.
  3. In the available field in the Run command box, type GPEDIT.MSC and press Enter.
  4. When/If prompted for, click Yes in the User Account Control confirmation box.
  5. From the left pane of the opened Local Group Policy Editor snap-in, expand Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies.
  6. From the expanded tree, click to select Security Policies.
  7. From the right pane, scroll down and double-click the User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode policy.
  8. On the opened box, ensure that you are on the Local Security Policy tab.
  9. From the available drop-down list, click to select Prompt for credentials.