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Modifying the User Account Options in Windows 7 is slightly different than in Windows Vista. The default UAC prompts in Windows 7 are, in my opinion, sufficient for the average user. There are instances when a user would want to disable UAC or a Network Admin would want to disable UAC on all computers via Group Policy. Below are 3 methods to turn up, turn down, or disable UAC completely.

Disable UAC via Control Panel

  1. Go to the Start Menu -> Control Panel -> User Accounts and Family Safety -> User Accounts -> Change User Account Control Settings
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Disable UAC via Registry Editor

  1. Type “regedit” in the Start -> Search bar.
  2. Go to the following Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem
  3. Locate REG_DWORD: EnableLUA
  4. Set the value of EnableLUA to 0.
  5. Locate REG_DWORD: ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin
  6. Set the value of ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin to 0.
  7. Restart

Disable UAC via Group Policy

  1. Type “gpedit.msc” in the Start -> Search bar.
  2. Double-Click: Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options.
  3. Scrolling to the bottom of the screen shows the following User Account Control Settings.
    User Account Control Group Policy
  4. Locate: “User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode” and modify to “Elevate without prompt”
  5. Locate: “User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation” and modify it to “Disabled”
  6. Locate: “User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode” and modify it to “Disabled”
  7. Locate: “User Account Control: Only elevate UIAccess applications that are installed in secure locations” and modify it to “Disabled”
  8. Restart.

7 Responses to “Disable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7”

  1. annon

    Techniques do not entirely disable UAC. This includes user elevation and UAC active bit set to “0″ in the registry.

    Still get the uac permissions (including after re-boot) requests, and copy/paste permissions warnings.

    Reply
  2. Annoyed

    Windows 7 is a pain. I can’t copy anything to an external harddisc from it.

    Reply
  3. pissed

    im currently on a limited account
    the User Account Control is set in high
    i cant do anything ,,, how can i disable this ??
    or how can i make this limited to admin account
    it always require a password

    Reply
  4. desire

    still not working …………. i think i have a severe problem with my laptop , actually i try to change my owner security aft that i try to fix it but doesn’t work. Now i can’t delete any software from uninstall programes it showing access denied plz contact ur system administrator n also my msconfig is not working here also it shows windows cannot access the specified device,path or file.You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item…….. so if somebody know how to fix this error ……. help me plz

    Reply
  5. Matthew

    Hi! A have a problem – I can’t change whatever in point “Disable UAC via Group Policy” (an all earlier were made)… Could you help me?

    After rebooting I have to still change UAC settings (settings are not saved!)

    Thank you in advance

    Reply

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