How to bring back Drag and Drop in Windows 8

The problem

If you are using the new Microsoft operating system – Windows 8, you may have noticed that Drag and Drop does not work anymore. This means that you can not load files by simply “throwing” them directly into the open program window. I was surprised when this problem appeared and since I’m used to this feature in Windows, I decided immediately to find a solution.

The cause

How to get back Drag and Drop in Windows 8

It turned out that the reason for the loss of Drag and Drop in Windows 8 is very simple and it is due to the first thing I hated in Vista. And this is User Account Control or UAC. This “controller” constantly interfere in my work and it is the first thing that I turn off after installing Windows.

The purpose of UAC is to protect you from viruses, hackers etc., by not allowing you to perform certain operations that are considered dangerous. Or by asking you twice for everything. In Windows 8 UAC have more power than before, and this can confuse the way you work with your computer. For example, besides the loss of Drag and Drop, it will not let you save a file out of standard Windows folders – Documents, Downloads, Music, etc.

The solution

There is a standard way to turn off User Account Control from the Control Panel, but thus only stop pop-ups that ask if you are unsure of this or that. To regain control over the operating system and the function Drag and Drop, is necessary to browse in the Windows registry to disable UAC completely. Here’s how:

How to get back Drag and Drop in Windows 8
  1. Press Windows + R buttons.
  2. Type Regedit in the window that appears.
  3. This will open Windows Registry Editor.
  4. You have to go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > System
  5. Find the key EnableLUA, and change 1 to 0.
  6. Press OK and restart the computer

After the restart, Drag and Drop should work for all programs.

When you completely turn off UAC, programs working with the new Start menu (Metro interface) will stop working. Such programs are Weather, Travel, Maps and others.

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