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How to enable and disable UAC in Windows Vista

Submitted by on Friday, 1 August 20082 Comments

If you are new to Windows Vista, you may occasionally find this tips useful. User Account Control (UAC) is a technology and security infrastructure introduced with Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system. For some reason i try to disable UAC in my laptop notebook when i don’t want to see continuous prompting of security messages. User Account Control is enabled in Windows Vista by default, so you will have to turn this off and disable the User Account Control. However, Microsoft recommends that users do not turn off UAC for security purposes. But if you still need to disable it, there are actually several ways to do this . Some of the methods below are already familiar especially for those techies living in the 4 corners of the screen all day =) but for those who are learning the facets, the on and offs of their machine and may become handy in the long run, here are some of the various methods of enabling and disabling UAC.

Option 1 – By Using Control Panel

a. Click on Start and then open Control Panel.

b. In the Control Panel, click User Accounts and Family Safety.

c. Click on User Accounts.


d. Click on Turn User Account Control on or off.


e. Clear the tick or check mark on the box beside the Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer option.


f. Select OK.

When prompted, restart the computer. Note that the changes will affect all users on the computer.

To enable the UAC, simply tick or select the checkbox again.

Option 2 – Using Control Panel on Single User

a. A similar method with method 1, but access to UAC via a user account.

b. Select Start and then open Control Panel.

c. In the Control Panel, click User Accounts and Family Safety.


d. Click on Add or remove user account option.

e. Click to select any user account.

f. Select Go to the main User Account page.

g. Click Change security settings under “Make changes to your user account” section.


h. Uncheck the box beside the Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer option.


i. Then Click OK.

j. When prompted, restart the computer. Note that the changes will affect all users on the computer.

k.To enable the UAC, simply tick or select the checkbox again.

Option 3 – By Using Registry Editor

a. Go to Start. Then select Run. Run Registry Editor by typing “regedit”. Click Enter.

b. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:


c. Look for the following DWORD registry subkey in the right pane: Right click on EnableLUA registry subkey and choose Modify or click on EnableLUA registry value name in the right pane to modify the setting.


d. Right click, then select modify or double click on EnableLUA to modify the setting. On valud prompt, set the new value to 0. Click ok.


e. Exit from Registry Editor.

f. Then Restart your computer.

g. To enable the UAC again, simply change back the value of EnableLUA to 1 instead of 0.

Option 4 – By Using MsConfig System Configuration

a. Click Start. Run MsConfig from Run option.

b. In System Configuration window, Look for Tools tab.

c. Scroll down and look for “Disable UAP” or “Disable UAC” leywords. Click on that item. Then Click the Launch button and Ok button.


e. A command prompt window appears. Automatically execute and run certain process to disable UAC.

f. When you’re done, simply close your CMD window.

g. Then Close your Msconfig window.

h. Please Restart computer for changes to apply and effective.

i. To re-enable UAC, simply select “Enable UAP”/“Enable UAC” instead of “Disable UAP”/“Disable UAC”, and then click on Launch button. Then Click ok.

Option 5 – By Using Group Policy via Active Directory GPO or Local Group Policy

Please note that Home Basic and Home Premium editions do not have Local Group Policy Editor.

For normal users who bought their own notebook pcs and desktops for home use, you normally act as an administrator of your Operating System. But if you are in a corporate environment and serve as an IT administrator or system administrator who manages Windows Vista computers across your domain, group policy can be utilized an as effective way to propagate enabling or disabling of UAC. To disable UAC, you can use Local Group Policy or Active Directory GPO.

a. Click Start -> Run.

b. Type in gpedit.msc then click OK to open the Group Policy Editor.

c. Go to Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options.


d. In the right details pane, locate the User Access Control policies. Right click each of the following policies and configure or change the value as indicated below after the dash (-):

* User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation – Disabled
* User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for standard users – No prompt
* User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode – Disabled

f. Restart the computer.

Option 6 : By Command Prompt

  1. Open a command prompt with Administrator privileges. Go to All Programs -> Accessories, and then locate the Command Prompt menu item. Right click on Command Prompt. select Run as Administrator.


  2. Run the following command to disable and turn off UAC; (Execute in one line) C:WindowsSystem32cmd.exe/k%windir%System32reg.exe ADD HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem/vEnableLUA/t REG_DWORD/d0/f
  3. To re-enable and turn back on the User Account Control, run the following command: (Execute in one line) C:WindowsSystem32cmd.exe /k %windir%System32reg.exe ADD HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem/vEnableLUA/t REG_DWORD/d1/f
  4. Then Reboot the computer for the changes to take effect.

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