Summary

How to disable or turn off User Account Control (UAC) in Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012.

Disclaimer

Operating System Warning

This solution require advanced knowledge of your computer’s operating system. Contact your system administrator for assistance. Modifying your Windows Registry incorrectly can severely affect system operations. Sage is not responsible for operation issues caused by incorrectly modifying your Windows Registry. Always create a backup of your data before proceeding with advanced solutions. 

Resolution

Section I: Windows Vista & Server 2008

  1. Press Windows+R keys
  2. Type msconfig
  3. Click OK
  4. Select Tools tab
  5. Select Disable UAC
  6. Click Launch
  7. Close Command Prompt once the screen displays operation complete
  8. Click OK
  9. Restart the computer

Section II: Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2

  1. Press Windows+R keys
  2. Type useraccountcontrolsettings
  3. Click OK
  4. Move the slider bar to Never notify
  5. Click OK
  6. Click Yes if prompted
  7. Restart the computer

Section III: Windows 8, 10, & Server 12

  1. Press Windows+ keys
  2. Type useraccountcontrolsettings
  3. Click OK
  4. Move the bar to Never notify
  5. Click OK
  6. Click Yes when prompted
  7. Restart the computer

 

  • Note: In Windows 8, 10, Server 2012, Server 2016 and Server 2019 this does not fully disable UAC, only reduces its functionality; completely disabling UAC is done through the Windows Registry or Group Policy Editor. This is not recommended. Once the needed task is complete, you will need to re-enable UAC so that the use of Metro apps such as Calc -the calculator app are not affected. Any Metro app will be broken if the registry key is altered.
  • Section IV: Disable UAC in Registry –Back up the registry first; see Article ID 13061: How do I backup or restore registry keys in the Windows Registry Editor?CAUTION: UAC is not recommended to be left disabled permanently in Windows 8, 10 and Server 2012/2016/2019. Once the needed task is complete, you should re-enable UAC so that the use of Metro apps such as Calc -the calculator app are not affected. Any Metro app will be disabled if the registry key is left in an altered state.
  1. Press Windows+R keys
  2. Type regedit
  3. Click OK
  4. Click Yes if prompted 
  5. Select File, Export, and then save a backup somewhere you will remember
  6. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  7. In the right pane, double-click EnableLUA
  8. Change Value Data to 0
  9. Click OK
  10. Close Registry Editor
  11. Restart the computer
  • Note: To re-enable UAC, repeat these steps, but on Step 8 change Value Data to 1