User access control (UAC) is a security component that blocks any unauthorized alterations to the Windows operating system. This is a very important security feature because suspicious programs, malware or an unauthorized user can initiate changes to your computer’s operating system. You may have encountered the UAC prompt that pops up when you are installing a program.
When you are using a personal computer, you may want to disable the UAC prompts because they can be very annoying to see every time you want to make a system change. In this step by step tutorial, you will learn the ways you can turn UAC on and off.
To follow along with this tutorial, you will need:
Administrative user access to a computer
In this method, we will access the UAC settings through the Control Panel.
Click on the search icon on the taskbar and search for ‘control panel’. Click on the result as shown below:
You now need to click on ‘User Accounts’
Click on ‘User Accounts’ again on the page that appears as shown below.
This page contains your user account settings and details. You need to click on ‘change User Account Control settings’ as illustrated below
Here you need to control when to be notified about system changes to your computer. You need to change the level to ‘never notify’ as shown in the image below. Click on ‘OK’ to save the changes. You will need to reboot your computer to save the UAC changes.
In this method, we are going to use the Registry Editor to change UAC settings.
Search for ‘run’ and click on the result as shown below:
You now need to navigate to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System’ from the left panel. Find the entry named ‘ EnableLUA’ and double-click to open.
Change the Value data from 1 to 0 then click on ‘OK’ to save changes.
You will need to reboot your computer to save the UAC changes.
In this method, you will use the command line to change the UAC settings. All the code you need is provided in this post.
You first need to press the ‘Windows key’ and the ‘X’ key. Select the ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’ option as shown below:
Copy and paste the code below in the Command Prompt and press enter.
reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
You will see a success message as shown above. However, you will need to reboot your computer for the UAC changes to take effect.
If you followed this tutorial, you have successfully turned off UAC prompts on your computer.