User Account Control (UAC) in Windows is supposed to be a safety net to prevent apps from making unwanted changes to the system. While this can be useful for novice users, it can also be very annoying for advanced users, which is why many seek to disable it on their computers. So, if you find pop-ups annoying and want to disable User Account Control (UAC) warnings on your Windows 10 computer, read on. Because here we are going to show you how to change, disable or enable User Account Control (UAC) messages in Windows 10.
Enable or Disable User Account Control in Windows 10
In this guide, we will describe four different ways to modify or disable User Account Control on your Windows 10 computer, including from the control panel, registry editor, group policy editor local and from the command line (command prompt). We will also explain what UAC is and the arguments for and against disabling it on your PC. So, without further ado, let’s see how you can change or disable User Account Control (UAC) prompts on your Windows 10 PC.
What is User Account Control (UAC) in Windows?
User Account Control is a component of the Windows security system. It is intended to stop potential malware attacks by preventing applications from making unwanted changes to the computer. When software tries to make changes to the Windows file system or registry, Windows 10 displays a UAC confirmation dialog. The user must then manually confirm that they intentionally make this change.
The feature provides a special security environment with limited access rights for your user account, but any particular process (like app installation or settings changes) can be elevated to full access on a case-by-case basis . User Account Control is enabled by default, but users can disable it with a few clicks.
Why should User Account Control (UAC) be disabled?
While UAC provides an extra layer of security for novice users, constant warning messages and warning messages at the most inopportune times can often hamper the workflow of advanced users. Even then, for most users, it’s best not to change the default settings. However, many people find it easier to disable pop-up messages on their computer so that they can work normally. So, if you are one of them, here is how you can turn off User Account Control (UAC) and get rid of its annoying warnings on Windows 10.
Method 1: Via Control Panel
- Open the Control Panel (search for “Control” in the Windows search bar). In the upper right corner, change the view to “Small icons” and click on “Security and maintenance”.
- On the next page, click “Change User Account Control settings”.
To note: You can also access it directly by searching for “uac” (without the quotes) in the Windows search bar.
- On the UAC settings page, move the slider down (Never notify). Click “OK” and confirm when prompted.
This is the easiest way to change User Account Control (UAC) settings on your Windows 10 computer.
Method 2: Via Registry Editor (Regedit)
You can also easily enable or disable (enable or disable) User Account Control using the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit). Here’s how:
- Open the Windows Registry Editor. To do this, search for “regedit” in the Windows search bar and click on the first result.
- Using the left pane of the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem. In the right pane, search for “EnableLUA”. Right-click on it and choose “Edit”.
- Finally, change the DWORD value to 0. Restart your computer.
To note: You may need to create a DWORD value if there isn’t one already.
That’s it. Now you know how to disable User Account Control (UAC) on your Windows 10 computer using Regedit.
Method 3: Via Local Group Policy Editor
You can also enable or disable user account warnings in Windows 10 using the Local Group Policy Editor. Here’s how:
To note: Local Group Policy Editor is only available in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.
- Open the Local Group Policy Editor on your computer. To do this, first search for “Run” in the Windows search bar and choose the Run option from the results.
- In the Run box, type gpedit.msc and press Enter or click “OK” to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
- In the Group Policy Editor window, navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options using the left pane. Now scroll down and look for the following entry: “User Account Control: Run all admins in admin approval mode”.
- Double-click on it and in the pop-up window, choose “Disabled”. Finally, click ‘OK’ at the bottom.
You can now easily enable or disable (enable or disable) User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 10 using the Group Policy Editor.
Method 4: Via Command Prompt
You can also enable or disable User Account Policy in Windows 10 using the command line (Command Prompt). Here’s how:
- Open the command prompt as an administrator. To do this, search for “cmd” in the Windows search bar and click on “Run as administrator” as shown below.
- Now enter the following command and press Enter: reg.exe ADD HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f. Restart your computer.
That’s it. Now you know how to disable User Account Control (UAC) on your Windows 10 computer using the command line.
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Get rid of annoying warnings on your PC to improve workflow
While getting rid of UAC warning prompts certainly reduces annoyance, it could be potentially dangerous for some users. So unless you know what you’re doing, it’s best to leave it on its default setting. However, if you have decided to make the change, you now know not one or two, but four ways to disable User Account Control on your Windows 10 PC. In the meantime, since you are a Windows 10 user , you should also check out some interesting Windows 10 tips and tricks, how to use God Mode in Windows 10 and how to use PowerToys on Windows 10 to get the most out of your computer.