How To Enable or Disable UAC (User Account Control) in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, 8, 7

Microsoft introduced User Account Control back when it launched Windows Vista. User Account Control or popularly known in its abbreviated form UAC still continues to be a part of Windows, from Windows 7, to Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and in the latest Windows 10. UAC is a security feature in Windows that keeps the user in control and warns them when any program tries to make changes to the system that requires administrator-level permission. If a user account is not a part of the Administrator group, it asks the user to give an administrator user’s password to continue. Thus protecting the Windows PC from malicious or unwanted system wide changes.

The UAC dialog box displays the “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?” message. It also provides details about the program trying to make the changes like its name and the publisher’s name of the program. The user can then either allow the changes by clicking on the Yes button or deny it by clicking on the No button.


UAC is a good security measure for Windows but sometimes you may like to temporarily disable UAC. Some old programs or sometimes some obscure program do not work as expected when UAC is enabled. Thus disabling the UAC may solve the problem. Some users consider UAC prompts an annoyance and wants to disable it permanently. We do not recommend that but those users will also find this tutorial helpful. For all these situations, here’s how to disable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows. This tutorial is valid for all Windows platform featuring UAC, namely, Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. You will also find information on how to enable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows if you have disabled it.

How to Enable or Disable UAC in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

  1. Press Windows Key + S to open Search.
  2. Type UAC or User Account Control. An option should appear that says Change User Account Control settings. Select that option.

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  1. User Account Control settings window will appear. where you can choose any of the following selections using the vertical slider. The default setting is Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer.

enable UAC in Windows 10, 8.1, 8

  1. To completely disable UAC, set the slider to the lowest value, which is, Never notify.

disable UAC in Windows 10, 8.1, 8

To re-enable UAC, follow the above procedure to open User Access Control window. Set the vertical slider back to its default position (second vertical bar from the top). Click on OK button to confirm.

How to Control (Enable or Disable) UAC in Windows 7, Vista

In Windows Vista and Windows 7, the procedure is same. The difference lies in the way you can reach the User Access Control window. Follow the procedure described below to access the UAC window.

  1. Click on the Start orb, and type UAC in the Start Search box.

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  1. Windows will display the search result Change User Account Control settings at the top of the Start Menu, select it.
  2. Click on Yes at the UAC prompt to access the User Account Control window.
  3. Now you need to move the vertical slider to the lowest place to disable UAC. Click on OK button to confirm the changes.

enable or disable UAC in Windows 7, Vista

To re-enable UAC, follow the above steps. Set the vertical slider back to its default position (second vertical bar from the top). Click on OK button to confirm.

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