ALT + Y issue in UAC UI gets fixed in recent Windows 10 build release

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14342 brings a fix for the ALT+ Y keyboard shortcut to choose “Yes” in the UAC UI. You can now use this shortcut again whenever you give your permission for software and drivers to install or when you change system settings and don’t want to use the mouse.

Back in April, users reported the issue on Microsoft’s Support Page:

14328: UAC locked on, dialog does not respond, Ctrl-Alt-Esc to escape

So there’s a “known issue” in 14328 that Alt-Y does not give a “Yes” response to the UAC dialog. But for me the dialog does not respond to anything at all. Not the button, not the link, not the mouse, not the keyboard. So there are no useful changes I can make to any settings, and no programs will install. Any clues for how to get out of this? […]

The build looks worth investigating, but I’ll have to revert to previous if this carries on.

Still doing this on build 14332. The PIN setting dialog is also affected.

Microsoft listed this tiny bug on its to-do list and promised users a fix would soon be available. One month later, Build 14342 brought the awaited fix alongside Dark Mode support for the UAC. Even though this feature was present in the Windows 10 Preview for quite some time, users mainly notice it while using the Settings app. But with this change, the dark mode will have a bigger impact on system’s user interface.

Speaking of shortcuts, build 14342 has also fixed an issue where certain shortcuts weren’t working in UWPs, like  CTRL + C, CTRL + V, and ALT + Space. Everything should run smoothly now.

Build 14342 has not solved all the problems in Windows 10. Microsoft listed six important issues they are still working on, hoping to solve them by the next build release:

  • Feedback Hub is not localized and the UI is in English only, even with language packs installed.
  • Feedback Hub takes about 20-30 minutes to download and populate itself if launched from Start in build 14342 .
  • The QQ app from Tencent crashes.
  • Bash prompts are not accepted a non-English keyboard.
  • The All apps list on Start appears empty when running Insider Preview builds in certain languages.
  • Square boxes appear in certain apps when using some of the new emoji.

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