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How to disable the UAC on your Laptop

We will give you the simple steps to disable the UAC here, but also provide you with a bit of information about what it is and why it may be best to leave it on and just deal with the pop-ups as needed.

The User Account Control feature will alert the user to the fact that a program is attempting to run on the system. This is a security feature that greatly helps in the effort to prevent unwanted programs to run without your knowledge. This can be a great layer of defense for your computer. So keep this in mind when you are considering disabling it.

Since many of the discount laptops have Vista or Windows 7 installed on them you may be used to the User Account Control feature unless you have previously been using Windows XP or earlier. For a while there, the really cheap laptops for sale were usually going to have XP installed on them. These days however, many of the laptops under 200 dollars will have Vista or even Windows 7 installed on them. However, one thing that seems to cause new Vista or Windows 7 users a little bit of annoyance is the popup notification that the operating needs your permission to allow a certain application to run for instance. This might be an annoyance, but it is actually a security feature that helps protect your computer.

First UAC Screen

First UAC Screen

Here are the basic steps to disable or enable the UAC on a computer running Vista. Go to the Control Panel by clicking your Start button in the lower left area of the taskbar. In the dialog box where is says "Start Search" you can type in the word control. This will bring up the ability to select the Control Panel from the Program list. Once you have done that, in the upper right corner of the window you will see the search box. Here type UAC (lower case letters are fine), and you will see that you are presented with the ability to choose whether the User Account Control is set to on or off.

Second UAC Screen

Second UAC Screen

If you want the UAC to be off then simply un-check the box and be prepared to reboot your computer. That is all there is to turning off the UAC on your laptop or desktop computer running Vista.

In Windows 7 you still access the ability to set this on or off through the Control Panel, however you will have a few more choices in between whether it is completely off or if you would prefer to leave it on yet have less of the pop-ups depending on what the programs are doing.

Most people have been using one of these two operating systems for a while now, but if you have been using XP still and you find these pop-ups to be annoying, then you can make the decision of whether you want to go leave them on for the security they offer or not.

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Dell Inspiron 600m Used Laptop

With a fresh installation of Windows XP Professional on the Inspiron 600m it typically performs quickly and responsively providing a great web surfing experience through either the Ethernet port or the integrated 802.11a/b/g wireless networking feature.

There are numerous refurbished laptops under 200 which all offer the same basic functionality as well as reliability for extremely low prices. The Dell 600m is just one of the basic examples of these and can often be bought through the laptops under 200 dollars category. There are several different system configurations you can find on the Dell Inspiron 600M such as processor speed, hard drive size, and the overall amount of RAM (system memory).

The Dell Inspiron 600M is typically powered by the Intel 1.7GHz Pentium 4M processor which is still considered to be an adequate CPU for basic computing activities such as surfing the web, email sending and receiving, office applications, general software usage, watching movies, burning CDs or DVDs, and any other typical activities which is what most people use their portable computers for.

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This model has been around for several years now and was offered in various configurations including 1GB to 2GB of RAM (system memory), as it is designed to take a max of 2GB.

Usually you can find an 80GB hard drive with Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition updated with Service Pack 3 fully installed along with any additional software packages which may be included on the auction laptop which are often refurbished laptops with warranties.

Full burning capabilities in the form of a CDRW / DVD combination optical drive is very common on the typical Dell used laptop computer.

For watching DVD movies on these 200 dollar laptops the 14.1 inch TFT display which offers a maximum 1400 x 1050 resolution is decent. The ATI Radeon 9000 integrated video with 32MB of video RAM offers quite sufficient graphic power designed to play basic games and provide bright, life-like video while watching DVD movies.

The Dell Inspiron 600M includes such practical features as 2 USB ports, integrated Ethernet 10/100 LAN port, microphone and headphone jacks, S-Video port, 15-pin standard VGA connector, PCMCIA Type I/II/III slot, 56K modem, Lithium-Ion battery, and much more. It may be a basic model but when all you need is the basics you wind up saving money because you are not paying for additional features you do not need.

The Dell Inspiron 600m was originally marketed as a thin, lightweight laptop as it weighs in at only 5.2 lbs. making it very easy to carry around while traveling. With a screen which is large enough to watch movies and a keyboard large enough to provide a comfortable typing experience this used 200 dollar laptop may be a bit basic compared to some of the more expensive models but it has proven to be very reliable and can be bought for a low discount laptop price.

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Dell Laptops Power Wizard

The Power Management Wizard in the original Windows XP Professional operating system which was fully loaded on many new and Dell refurbished laptops is used to set various power management options which include sleep modes, power modes, and the low battery charge alarms as well. This can make it very easy for you to customize the settings on used laptops to fit your particular needs.

The setting Sleep Modes screen will allow you to define the Standby and Hibernate modes. In other words this is where you can go to enable or disable these modes on your laptop. You can also choose what the laptop will do when you close the LCD display. For example when you close the lid of your laptop computer you can have the operating system do nothing, enter Standby mode, or enter Hibernate mode. You may have special instances where these settings allow you to have your laptop remain active for longer durations at certain times.

You will also be able to select just how your used laptop will respond when you push the power button. Once again the selections are to have no action taken, enter Standby mode, or enter Hibernate mode. In addition you may be able to simply have the operating system shut done the laptop all together. One additional choice here is to have the operating system to prompt the user as to what they want to do at this time.

These are extremely handy and give the user a great opportunity to fully customize the power management of their laptop computer. This is not only good for cutting down on power consumption but it may just help extend the life of the computer since it can play a role in keeping it cool and extending the lifespan of the internal components.

Many of the used discount laptops under 200 today are high quality laptops which may have Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 installed on the hard drive. The particular steps will vary slightly between the operating systems yet this type of setting can be located through the Control Panel among other simple means of your choice.

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