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Published on 12.18.06 by Brent Trahan

Disabling User Account Control (UAC) In Windows Vista

This guide shows you how to disable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista by disabling admin approval mode, disabling UAC from prompting you when installing software or changing system settings, and changing elevated privileges behavior.

User Account Control is a set of policies that attempt to protect your computer from malware (viruses and spyware) being installed on your computer or changing system settings without you knowing.

An example of UAC is the screen turning dark with a prompt asking your permission to install software, run software with admin privileges, or change system settings.

Why You Should Not Disable UAC

User Account Control (UAC) is meant to protect the user from malware.  UAC attempts to protect computer users from installing malware by asking for approval when software is being installed or system settings are being changed.

I highly recommend not turning UAC off.  If you choose to turn UAC off, don’t complain about how Windows Vista not being secure.

If you disable the three policies below, UAC will be turned off and your computer will not be as secure.

Disable Admin Approval Mode

Admin Approval Mode runs all users and administrators (including users with administrative privileges) as standard users.  Users with administrative privileges only use their admin rights when needed and with your approval.  This is done to protect your computer from malware being installed without you knowing.

If Admin Approval Mode is disabled administrators or accounts with admin rights will run with full admin rights all the time (just like XP and all versions of Windows before it).  This makes your computer vulnerable to malware because if malware makes it on your computer it can use your admin rights to do its business without you knowing.

To disable admin approval mode, click the Start button, All Programs, Accessories, and click Run.  Type secpol.msc in the run box and press enter on your keyboard.

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Click the arrow to the left of Local Policy to expand it, and then click Security Options.  Scroll to the bottom of the list of policies and double-click User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval mode.

Note: While writing this guide I came across conflicting documentation from Microsoft.  If User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval mode doesn’t exist double-click User Account Control: Run all users, including administrators, as standard users.

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Select disable and click OK.

Disable UAC from Asking Your Approval to Install Programs

An example of this is the screen turning dark and a prompt asking you for permission when you try to install software or change system settings even though your user account has admin privileges.  This can be aggravating, but it’s there to protect your computer from malware by letting you know software is attempting to be installed or settings.

Having this feature enabled lets you know if malware on a website is trying to be installed on your computer.

To disable UAC from asking your approval to install programs, click the Start button, All Programs, Accessories, and click Run.  Type secpol.msc in the run box and press enter on your keyboard.

Click the arrow to the left of Local Policy to expand it, and then click Security Options.  Scroll to the bottom of the list of policies and double-click User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation.

Note: While writing this guide I came across conflicting documentation from Microsoft. If User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation doesn’t exist double-click User Account Control: Elevate on application installs options.

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Select disable and click OK.

Change the Elevated Prompt Behavior

Some software requires admin privileges to run.  This policy decides how UAC handles running software with admin privileges.

An example of this is when you try to run software with admin privileges the screen turns dark and a prompt pops up asking your permission to run the software with admin privileges.

This can’t be disabled for standard users.

To disable Elevated Prompt Behavior, click the Start button, All Programs, Accessories, and click Run.  Type secpol.msc in the run box and press enter on your keyboard.

Click the arrow to the left of Local Policy to expand it, and then click Security Options.  Scroll to the bottom of the list of policies and double-click User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode.

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Click the drop down box and select Elevate without prompting, and click OK.  Now software that requires elevated privileges to run will be granted elevated privileges automatically without your input.

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  1. John Vanover says:

    This is so insane.

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