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Summary

Although disabling UAC is a terrible idea, this move is necessary if UAC prevents some applications from running properly. MiniTool will show you how to disable UAC Windows 10. Additionally, some tips on how to change UAC for standard user to automatically deny UAC elevation requests are also introduced simply.

What Is UAC in Windows 10

UAC, short for User Account Control, is a component of Microsoft Windows’s security system. It can help mitigate the impact of malware by preventing apps from making unwanted changes on the PC.

Windows 10 will pop up a UAC confirmation dialog to ask you to confirm the change or not when some software attempts to change system-related parts of the file system or Windows Registry. Simply put, UAC can offer a special security environment, which protects your user account that has limited access rights well.

However, turning UAC on sometimes prevents programs from running well. Then, a solution is to disable UAC in Windows 10. In this post, we will introduce four methods.

Tip: Enabling UAC can be an additional protection tip to prevent dangerous apps and viruses. Disabling it without a reason is a terrible idea! So, be cautious of this.

Related article: How to Protect Your Computer from Virus

How to Disable UAC Windows 10

Option 1: Disable UAC via Control Panel

Step 1: Type control panel in the search bar of Windows 10 and click this app in the result to open it.

Step 2: Go to User Accounts > Change User Account Control settings.

Step 3: Drag the slider control to Never notify and click OK to apply the change.

disable UAC Windows 10 control panel

This way, the UAC is disabled and you won’t receive any notification. But this won’t completely disable User Account Control that is still active in the background.

Option 2: Disable UAC Windows 10 Command Line

Step 1: Run Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2: To turn off UAC Windows 10, enter the following command and press Enter:

reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f.

dsiable UAC Windows 10 command line

Tip: To turn UAC on, use the command - reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f.

Step 3: Reboot your computer to let the change take effect.

Option 3: Disable UAC Group Policy

Step 1: Input Policy Editor in the Windows 10 search box and click Edit group policy.

Step 2: Go to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.

Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom to find User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode and double-click on it, choose Disabled and click OK.

diable UAC Windows 10 group policy

Option 4: Disable UAC Windows 10 Registry Key

Note: Before changing Windows Registry, we recommend you to back up registry to avoid system accidents.

Step 1: Press Win plus R keys to launch the Run dialog.

Step 2: Input regedit.exe and click OK.

Step 3: Go to the path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

Step 4: Double-click on the key - EnableLUA and change its Value data to 0.

turn off UAC Windows 10 registry key

Step 5: Save the change and restart your computer.

Now, we have shown you how to disable UAC Windows 10 in detail. In addition, you may want to set UAC to automatically deny elevation requests from users with standard-level credentials to avoid being prompted to enter administrator credentials to confirm all the time when running a program requiring elevated permissions.

How to Automatically Deny UAC Elevation Requests

You can do this work via Windows Registry or Group Policy.

In Group Policy, go to Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/Local Policies/Security Options, double-click on User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for standard users and choose Automatically Deny elevation requests.

change UAC for standard user via Group Policy

In the Registry Editor window, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System, double-click the ConsentPromptBehaviorUser key and change its Value data to 0 so that you can automatically deny UAC elevation requests.

change UAC for standard user via Registry

The End

After reading this post, you will know clearly on how to disable UAC Windows 10 and how to change UAC for standard user to automatically deny elevation requests. Just try the methods above based on your needs to perform these operations to User Account Control.

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