Windows – How to Disable ‘User Account Control’


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We have had UAC since Windows Vista, and it is less annoying now than it was then, but still one of the first things I do is turn it off. Yes I know it's there for a reason - but as far as I'm concerned if the annoyance outweighs the benefit, then its getting turned off.

Windows UAC




Do a Google search, and you will see some sites advocating you turn UAC off by altering this registry key.

Registry Disable UAC

Don't do that, if you do, some apps will 'not play nice' with the new Windows 8 UI (The one we cant call Metro any more).

Option 1 (Disable UAC via MSCONFIG)

1. Press Windows Key+R > type msconfig > OK.

launch msconfig

2. Tools tab > Change UAC Settings > Launch.

Change UAC Settings

3. Drag the slider all the way to the bottom > OK

UAC Never Notify

Option 2 (Disable UAC via User Account Settings)

1. Press Windows Key+X > Control Panel.

launch control panel windows 8

2. Small Icons > User Accounts.

Control Panel User Accounts

3. Change User Account Settings.

User UAC Settings

4. Drag the slider all the way to the bottom > OK

User UAC Notify Settings

Option 3 (Disable UAC via Group Policy)

1. Press Windows Key+R > type gpedit.msc > OK.

Windows 8 Policy Editor

2. Navigate to;

Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options

Locate 'User Account Control: Behaviour of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode' > Set it to 'Elevate without prompt. '.

Windows 8 UAC Policy

3. Locate 'User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation' > Set it to Disabled.

Win 8 disable UAC with GPO

4. Locate 'User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode' > Set it to Disabled.

Group Policy for User Account Control

5. Locate 'User Account Control: Only elevate UIAccess applications that are installed in secure locations' > Set it to Disabled.

GPO stop UAC Warnings

6. Exit the policy editor and reboot.


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