How to Manage UAC (User Account Control) in Windows 10

By: Marian Cularea
4 minute read

UAC or User Account Control in Windows 10 is a build in feature that prevents programs like games, apps and many others from making a change to your operating system that in a worst case scenario might damage your operating system to the point where you cannot repair it and be forced to install a backup copy or just reinstall Windows 10.
Manage UAC in Windows 10
Usually, the User Account Control prompts you via a message when an application tries to make a change to the system files and in which case you can allow access to do so or deny access to prevent a potential harm to the operating system. If you get tired of all the messages regarding the access approval you can simply disable this feature by following the lines posted below.

Tutorial on how to manage UAC in Windows 10

  1. Disable UAC from Control Panel
  2. Disable UAC from the Registry Editor
  3. UAC in Windows 10 issues and fixes [2018 update]

Method one: Disable UAC from Control Panel

This method will show you how to disable the User Account Control feature from within the Control Panel you have in Windows 10.

  1. Left click or tap on the “Start” button to open it.
  2. In the search box present there you will need to write the following: “Control Panel” without the quotes.
  3. After the search is finished you will need to left click or tap on the “Control Panel” icon that shows up.
  4. Now that you have in front of you the Control Panel window you need to open the “User Accounts and Family Safety”
  5. In the “User Accounts and Family Safety” feature you will need to open the “User Accounts” feature.
  6. Now you will need to left click or tap on the “Change User Accounts Control settings” link situated under the “Manage another account” feature.
    Note: You can also do it by left clicking on the “Start” button and typing the following “uac s” and opening the “Change user account control settings” icon.
  7. In the next window that shows up you will get a slider situated on the left side in the window that shows in the upper side “Always notify” and in the lower side “Never notify”.
  8. Left click on the slider to the “Never notify” all the way to the end in order to disable the UAC feature.
  9. Left click on the “OK” button and close all the windows you opened so far.
  10. The next time you install an app you can see if the User Account Control window pops up or not but if you have it on “Never Notify” it should prompt you for anything.

Method two: Disable UAC from the Registry Editor

Another way how to disable the User Account Control feature is by accessing the registry files but you will learn how to do it by reading below.

  1. Press and hold the “Windows” button and the “R” button.
  2. You should have in front of you the “Run” window.
  3. In the “Run” window you need to write the following: “regedit” but without the quotes.
  4. Press the “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  5. You now have in front of you the “Registry Editor” window.
  6. On the left side pane left click to open the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” file.
  7. In the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” left click to open “Software” folder.
  8. In the “Software” folder left click to open “Microsoft” folder.
  9. In the “Microsoft” folder left click to open “Windows”.
  10. In “Windows” folder left click on “CurrentVersion” folder.
  11. In “CurrentVersion” folder left click to open “Policies” folder.
  12. In the “Policies” folder left click on “System”
  13. Now on the right side pane double-click to open the “EnableLUA” DWORD.
  14. Under the “Value Data” field modify the value and put it to “0”.
  15. Left click on the “OK” button in the window.
  16. Close the Registry Editor window.
  17. Reboot the Windows 10 operating system.
  18. Try and see if your UAC has been disabled.

This is all you have to do in order to disable your UAC feature but keep in mind that it is always helpful for you to keep this feature enabled in order to better protect your Windows 10 operating system from unwanted changes to the system. Please write us below any questions you may have on this article and we will help you further with this subject.

UAC in Windows 10 issues and fixes [2018 update]

There are some important things that happened to the UAC in Windows 10 that you should be informed of before trying to manage it. First of all, there were rumors that UAC would be removed from Windows 10. Hopefully, after a while, some UAC errors started to appear in specialized forums, sign that it has not been removed.

One of the most dangerous flaws was UAC changing system files and settings. After that, there was another UAC security issue that touched all Windows versions. Now it’s up to you: turn it on, or off. Let us know in the comment section what decision have you took.

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