How to disable User Account Control (UAC)

In Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, users may want to disable User Account Control (UAC).  This solution provides information on how to complete this process.

For information regarding UAC, please see What is User Account Control (UAC).

UAC has the potential to interfere with the normal operation of certain programs. Although UAC will attempt to redirect specific registry settings and configuration files to the user's virtual store, instead of the actual intended location, issues may still occur resulting in program errors. For this reason, there may be instances where it is necessary to disable UAC.

To disable UAC, perform the following steps:

If using Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008:

  1. Go to Start and choose the option for Control Panel.
  2. Open User Accounts (if grouped by category, this option will be under the User Accounts and Family Safety category).
  3. Click the link to Turn User Account Control on or off.
  4. Uncheck the option to Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer.
  5. Click OK and restart the computer.
OR
  1. Go to Start, select Run...
  2. Enter msconfig and click OK
  3. Switch to the Tools tab.
  4. Highlight Disable UAC and choose Launch.
  5. Restart the computer.

If using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2:
  1. Go to Start and choose the option for Control Panel.
  2. Open User Accounts (if grouped by category, this option will be under the User Accounts category).
  3. Click the link to Change User Account Control settings.
  4. Drag the slider-bar down to the bottom level for Never notify.
  5. Click OK and restart the computer.
OR
  1. Go to Start, select Run...
  2. Enter msconfig and click OK
  3. Switch to the Tools tab.
  4. Highlight Change UAC Settings and choose Launch.
  5. Drag the slider-bar down to the bottom level for Never notify.
  6. Click OK and restart the computer.

Environment

 User Account Control (UAC) enabled

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