Introduction: How to Disable UAC (User Account Control)

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I get tired of the stupid UAC always popping up and telling me, "Windows needs your permission to continue." I know it is there for protection against unauthorized changes to your computer, but I feel that my computer is pretty protected, and I'm sure others hate it always popping up too. That's why I created this instructable on how to disable it. You can follow the instructions again to re-enable UAC if you feel that you need it again.

***This may make your computer more susceptible to hackers, to read about it, Click Here

Step 1: Accessing Your Control Panel.

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First off, you need to access your start menu and select "Control Panel."

Step 2: Accessing the User Account Page

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Now go to the search bar in the top-right hand corner, and type in, UAC. This should take you to the User Account Control page.

Step 3: Turning UAC On/off

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Now to turn UAC on/off. To do this click the button that says" Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off" This will make one of those stupid UAC pop-ups, pop-up. (Irony, :P) Click continue.

Step 4: The Turning On/off of UAC

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To turn off UAC, uncheck the box where it says "Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer." Then click "OK." You will be prompted with a message saying "You must apply restart your computer to apply these changes." Click "Now" or "Later," and once restarted, UAC will not bother you again! Well, unless you enable it again.

Step 5: Finish

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And now your good to go! Have a nice UAC-free life! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. This is pretty straight forward and easy, but might help a whole lot to some people, thanks.


debbymac (author)2010-11-18

When I go to Control Panel on my computer and I have Windows XP, my view is different. I don't have the tab at the top with a search bar.
I only have icons including one that says Account Users.
I was trying to see if I had the option for a Classic View to see if
that changed my icons or options, but I can't find it.
Any suggestions?

Tenka (author)2008-09-08

Thanks! Pretty simple but I didn't think of it till seeing your instructable. Grateful.

Scammah (author)2008-02-24

The only irritating thing about this is Vista will continue to bug you about having this turned off. How do I stop this from happening?

Junkyard John (author)Scammah2008-08-19

You upgrade to XP

Scammah (author)Junkyard John2008-08-19

People always hate new things. You probably complained when XP came out.

Junkyard John (author)Scammah2008-08-20

I was 8 years old when XP came out. No, no, I looked forward to Vista, and am fine with it now. Looking at it in a totally unbiased way, Vista has some good new features, but some really annoying 'features' too. Right now I'm sitting tight waiting for a service pack to come along.

Scammah (author)Junkyard John2008-08-20

My biggest grip with Vista is the lack of backwards compatibility. It's sad when I buy something like an external hard drive and I have to think about whether or not it will work. Microsoft just sit around and waits for developers to create the drivers for there products. Which usually is fine but there are some products that aren't even being supported anymore "Pro Action Replay for Xbox" anyone?

Hoboman (author)Junkyard John2008-08-20

Already is a Sp1 out for Vista, I'll provide a link, but you should have got it from Windows Update on your computer.

Derin (author)Scammah2008-07-12

ignore it

Hoboman (author)Scammah2008-02-25

Well, due to the fact that I could not run Messenger without it, (my computers jacked up) I've had to turn it back on, blech. So I'm not exactly sure.

LiquorBox (author)2008-07-30

thank you!!!! that thing was really getting on my nerves.

Hoboman (author)LiquorBox2008-07-30

hey, no prob, but remember it does lower your security as I stated.

cool! (author)2008-04-17

I was going to post a way, but you got to it first! Actually, I did it a different way: Run: MSCONFIG Tools tab disable UAC OK Worked for me :) ill post when I know if it asks for your frickin password to work.

Hoboman (author)cool!2008-04-18

cool, you should post it

cool! (author)Hoboman2008-04-18

well, your way works fine, and This site shows you lots of other ways. But if you really think I should...

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-25

Nice computer! And nice Instructable too! Heh, Mr. Happysun...

Hoboman (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-25

Thanks, Mr.Happysun used to be on a poster in my old writing teacher's wall it said "Mr.Happysun says, "Don't do drugs kids!" or something like that, I can't remember.

ScooterSES (author)2008-02-24

This is really a bad idea for the vast majority of users. Vista in a major upgrade in security over XP but disabling the UAC cripples that. You can find good reasons to not disable here as well as many other places.

Hoboman (author)ScooterSES2008-02-25

Very good point. I thought some people may not like it bugging them all the tome. :P That and most of the people I know hate it, so I decided to post it here, assuming others hated it too. I think I'll add that site and a small warning. Thanks Mate!

Bitty (author)2008-02-24

Methinks you've just made a lot of Vista users very happy.

Hoboman (author)Bitty2008-02-24

lol, thanks. I have known this trick for a while now, but have never thot of posting it here

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