Don’t want UAC popping up every time you change a system setting or install an application? This article teaches you how to disable UAC in Windows 11 via Control Panel and Group Policy Editor.
User Account Control (UAC) is a built-in Windows 11 security feature that protects your system from unauthorized system changes and software installations. In simple words, UAC acts as a barrier, prompting users for consent or an admin password before allowing certain actions to be performed. For instance, you might see a UAC prompt when trying to install an application, opening admin applications such as group policy editor and registry editor, or making significant system changes.
While UAC is pretty useful, there might be situations where you might need to disable it. Whatever the reason, if you ever need it, use the steps in this article to stop UAC prompts on Windows 11.
Disable UAC on Windows 11
You can disable UAC on a Windows 11 device via the Control Panel’s System and Security page. Here’s how to do it.
- Press the Start key on your keyboard.
- Search for Control Panel in the Start menu.
- Click on the Control Panel option in the Start menu.
- Click on the “System and Security” option.
- Click/tap on the “Change User Account Control settings” link.
- Slide the vertical bar to the bottom to “Never notify.”
- Press the “Ok” button.
- UAC is disabled on Windows 11.
Use Group Policy to Disable UAC on Windows 11
Apart from Control Panel, you can also use the Group Policy Editor to disable or change UAC settings. This method is useful for system admins controlling multiple systems or accounts. Here’s how.
- Press “Windows key + R” to open the Run window.
- Type “gpedit.msc” in the Run window.
- Click/tap on the “Ok” button in the Run window.
- Expand the “Computer Configuration > Windows Settings” folder.
- Expand the “Security Settings > Local Policies” folder on the left pane.
- Navigate to the “Security Options” folder under it.
- Double-click on the “User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode” policy.
- Select the “Disabled” radio option.
- Click/tap on the “Ok” button at the bottom.
- Close the Group Policy Editor.
- Restart your Windows 11 device.
After restarting, UAC is completely disabled on your Windows 11 device and making any changes that required admin rights will not show a UAC prompt.
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I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.
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