Secure desktop is a feature that was initiated in the Windows Vista and has been carried in Windows 7 now. This comes under the scope of User Advanced Control settings and is part of the default set of settings that are used in your system. Under this feature, you desktop is going to dim in case any notification with respect to a system wide change would appear. You would be given options to approve the request of authorization or refuse it.

There are multiple modes at which the UAC works. You can set different security levels. You can opt to turn off the secure desktop without changing the UAC level and you can even set the security at the highest level with notifications for every program while no access to the secure desktop. You can opt for another option where you would be prompted only when the programs would try and access your computer but the secure desktop would still not be active. You can do this by sliding the UAC control to a lower position compared to the default status.

Update the Group Policy to turn off secure desktop:

Secure desktop is a feature that was initiated in the Windows Vista and has been carried in Windows 7 now. This comes under the scope of User Advanced Control settings and is part of the default set of settings that are used in your system. Under this feature, you desktop is going to dim in case any notification with respect to a system wide change would appear. You would be given options to approve the request of authorization or refuse it.

  1. Click on the Start Menu and type secpol.msc in the search box. You would have the secpol.msc appeared the search result. Press Enter and move into the console.
  2. Expand Local Policies in the console tree and click Security Options. Double click on the User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation by searching for the option in the expanded branches of the console tree.
  3. Once you come to the option screen, select Disable. Press OK to imply the changes.
  4. These settings of User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation are overridden in case the User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode policy or even the User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for standard users policy is enabled. These two policies over ride policy altered.

Edit the registry values to turn off the secure desktop:

Registry edit is something that is quite familiar to people who have been using computers for quite some time now. Use the following instructions to make the registry changes:

Click on the Start Menu and type regedit in the search box. You would have the registry editor displayed in the search results. Press ENTER.

Move on to the tree and locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem.

Open PromptSecureDesktop registry entry and the default value set there would be 1. Change that to 0 and click on OK to make the change.

This way you can easily make the system wide change and the secure desktop feature would not bug you while you would be doing your work instead the prompt would appear asking for the permission with no other effects on the system.