How to Disable UAC in Windows 10

UAC (User Account Control) is enabled by default in Windows 10 and can be disabled if you wish.

Although I recommend that you do not turn off UAC, if you do, follow the steps.

Open the Start menu and enter uac. Click on Change User Account Control settings.

In the User Account Control Settings window, you will find a slider that allows you to select from four options.

Let’s look at these four options.

  • Always notify me when – You will be alerted when the app tries to install software or make changes to your PC. You will also be alerted when you make changes to the Windows settings.
  • Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer (default) – This option tells you when the app tries to make changes to your PC, and the changes you make to Windows settings are not reported. Keep in mind that this is the default UAC setting.
  • Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop) – It does everything the second option above does, except one thing – it doesn’t dim your desktop when the UAC pop-up appears.
  • Never notify me when – It will not tell you when apps try to install software or make changes to your PC, nor will it alert you of any changes you have made to your Windows settings.

Select Never notify me when by dragging the slider.

Click the OK button at the bottom.

Click Yes on the UAC popup.

How to Activate UAC

Go to the User Account Control Settings window (in order to do that, open the Start menu, type uac, and then click on Change User Account Control settings).

Except for the “Never notify me when” option, all other options are able to enable UAC. For more information on the options, see above.

Drag the slider to select the desired option, and then click OK below.

Here are two alternative methods for enabling or disabling UAC.

Method #1

Launch Registry Editor. I suggest you make a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

In the left pane, expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies.

Select System.

Then double-click EnableLUA on the right.

Replace 1 with 0 in the Value data field and click OK.

Restart your PC.

Note: To activate, replace the 0 with 1.

Method #2

Open Command Prompt as Administrator.

If you want to disable it, use this command:

Reg.exe add hklm\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\policies\system /v enablelua /t reg_dword /d 0 /f

To activate it, use this command:

Reg.exe add hklm\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\policies\system /v enablelua /t reg_dword /d 1 /f

Restart your computer after using any of the above commands.