Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a new feature called User Access Control. Every time you or a program wants to install a software or need to modify system files or settings, you will see a UAC prompt asking for your permission. If you give permission, the procedure will proceed. Otherwise, Windows will block the operation. This is a good basic security measure. However, there will be times when the UAC prompts are excessive and annoying, like when you are installing a bunch of software and drivers on a new system. In those situations, you can quickly disable the user access control in Windows. Here's how.
Warning: It is not recommended to disable user access control. Only follow the below steps if it is absolutely necessary and you know what you are doing.
1. Steps to Disable User Access Control
Windows has a built-in User Access Control management tool. Using this tool, you can either change how aggressive the user access control is or you can outright disable it. The best thing about this tool is that all you have to do is move a simple slider to change the user access control settings.
- Open the Start Menu.
- Search for "Control Panel" and open it.
- In the control panel, select "View by" to "Category".
- Next, click on the "System and Security" link. This is where all the security stuff lives.
- Under "Security and Maintenance", find and click on the "Change User Access Control settings" link.
- The above action will open the UAC tool. Grab the slider with your mouse and drag it all the way down. The tool should show "Never Notify" under the slider.
- Click on the "Ok" button to save changes.
That is it. The changes are instant and there is no need to restart. From now on, Windows will not bother you with the UAC prompts.
When you want to reset or enable user access control, simply open the user access control tool and drag the slider to second top position "Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my control (default)". This is the default level for all Windows systems.
2. Edit Registry to Disable User Access Control
If the above method did not work or if you are looking for an alternative method, you can use the Windows Registry Editor to disable user access control. All you have to do is change a single value and you are good to go. The only downside of this method is that it will not give you the control you see in the first method. i.e, the UAC tool. Nevertheless, back up the registry and follow the below steps.
- Open the start menu.
- Search for "regedit" or "registry editor" and open it.
- In the registry editor, copy the below path, paste it in the address bar and press Enter. This action will take you to the folder we need.
- On the right panel, find the "EnableLUA" value. This is the key that controls User Access Control. Double-click on the value.
- In the Edit Value window, select "Hexadecimal" under Base. Next, enter "0" in the Value Data field and click on the "Ok" button to save changes.
- You will see a notification from Windows telling that you need to restart the system to make the changes take effect.
- So, reboot Windows. Right-click on the start menu and select "Shut down or sign out -> Restart"
After restarting, you will no longer see the UAC prompts. If you want to revert back, go to step 5 and change the value data back to "1" and click on the "Ok" button. Don't forget to reboot your system.
That is all. It is that simple to disable user access control in Windows 10. If you like this article, do check out how to disable reserved storage to save space and different ways to lock Windows 10.