How Can I Disable UAC (User Account Control) in Windows 7?


Win 7
Windows 7 comes standard with a built-in security component UAC (User Account Control) which protects your computer against unauthorized changes and provides a safe and secure user experience. Anytime an administrative level change is being implemented to your computer, UAC prompts you about the change and asks your permission to implement the change.

User Account Control (UAC) was first introduced with Windows Vista but user community considered it unfriendly and disturbing. In Windows 7, UAC is improved and requires less consent and credential prompts.

In order to protect your computer from unnecessary changes, you should carefully read contents of each UAC prompt before accepting the changes. UAC user interface in Windows 7 come with a slider to adjust the notification level and allows you to choose between four options.

Always notify You will be notified before a program applies the change to your computer or windows setting are being updated that require administrative permissions.

Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer - You will be notified before a program applies the change to your computer but NOT when windows setting are being updated that require administrative permissions.

You will be warned if a program outside of Windows tries to alter your windows settings.

Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop) This setting is same as "Notify only when programs try to make changes to my computer" however UAC warning will not show up on secure desktop and other program may be able to interfere with graphical appearance of the dialog box.

Never notify With this setting you will not be notified of any change when you are logged in as an administrator. For standard user, changes that require administrative permissions will be denied. This is like the security model of Windows XP.

Method 1: Disabling or Turning Off UAC from Control Panel

1. To access User Account Control settings through Control Panel you can use following methods.

a. From Start Menu Go to Control Panel Select User Accounts and Family Safety Select User Account.
b. From Start Menu Go to Control Panel Select System and Security Select Action Center.
c. Right click on Flag icon from System Tray notification area Select Action Center.
d. Click on Start Menu Type MsConfig in Search area Go to Tools tab Select Change UAC Settings Click on Launch button.

2. From User Account Control Settings screen Slide the slider bar to the lowest level (to Never Notify)

3. Click OK Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Method 2: Disable UAC through Registry Editor (regedit.exe)

1. Click on Start Menu Type regedit.exe in Search - Run Registry Editor. 2. Traverse to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem
3. Find following REG_DWORD value EnableLUA -- Set the value of EnableLUA to 0.
4. Optionally you can suppress UAC consent dialog - locate REG_DWORD value ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin -- Set value to 0.
5. Exit Registry Editor -- Restart the computer to disable UAC.

Method 3: Turning Off UAC Using Group Policy

You can also disable UAC through group policy if you are using Windows 7 Ultimate, Enterprise & Business edition OR Active Directory based GPO if your computer is part of a domain.

1. Click on Start Menu Type gpedit.msc in Search - Run Local Group Policy editor OR gpmc.msc to run Group Policy Management Console for AD Group Policy editor.
2. Traverse down to the following tree branch: Computer Configuration -- Windows Settings -- Security Settings -- Local Policies -- Security Options.
In case of GPMC -- Navigate to the respective GPO of your domain or OU

3. From the right pane, locate the following policy: User Account Control (Behavior of the elevation prompts for administrators in Admin Approval Mode) -- Set its value to Elevate without prompt.

4. Locate the following policy in the right pane: User Account Control (Detect application installations and prompt for elevation) -- Set its value to Disabled.

5. Locate the following policy in the right pane: User Account Control (Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode) --Set its value to Disabled.

6. Locate the following policy in the right pane: User Account Control (Only elevate UIAccess applications that are installed in secure locations) -- Set its value to Disabled.

7. Restart your computer when done.

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Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )

Disclaimer: The suggestions in the article(wherever applicable) are for informational purposes only. They are not intended as medical or any other type of advice