Enabling and disabling UAC in Windows
To answer the question of how to enable or disable account control in Windows, you need to understand what it is. UAC is an operating system security option supported by all the latest versions of Windows (Vista, 7, 8, 10). Regardless of which account the user uses, the system will ask for permission for the application to run to make changes.
The order of enabling and disabling UAC in Windows 10 is different.
If the PC owner is an Administrator, he can allow or not this program to enter the OS and change the settings, only by pressing the “Yes” or “No” buttons. Otherwise it will be necessary to enter the password. The reasons for disabling account control can be different, but sometimes it is really necessary.
How to enable account control in Windows 10
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By standard, account control on Windows 10 is active and asks for confirmation for any action or running an application that might affect the OS, its files and settings, but the option can also be disabled and then enabled yourself. You can also configure notifications so that they do not appear as often. Before you can disable UAC in Windows 10, you need to understand how the feature is enabled.
You can do this through the “Control Panel”:
- Go to the “Start” menu and click on “Control Panel”.
- Find a link to the “Accounts” window in the utility.
- Click on “Change User Account Control Settings.
- Move the slider to “Always notify”.
- Press “Ok”.
The “User account control settings” window in Windows 10
Windows 7 has the ability to customize the alert level for UAC. The UAC setup screen looks like this
In total there are four levels of UAC alerts available:
- The highest level. warnings on any attempt to modify system settings and files, as well as during installation of software
- Level Two-warnings only when attempting to make changes to the system configuration and user settings
- Level Three. warnings only when changes are made to the system configuration
- The fourth level. completely disabling UAC.
But much more important, in my opinion, are the advanced UAC settings in the security policies:
Let’s take a closer look at some of the UAC policies:
- Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators-allows you to set the behavior of the validation window when you elevate administrator rights. For example, you can enable password authentication (prompt for credentials) or leave the authentication by pressing OK (prompt for consent) only.
- Behavior of the elevation prompt for users-similar to the first one, but for accounts in user mode.
- Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation. For the user, enabling this policy will result in the desktop being grayed out during validation. In fact, the role of this policy is to isolate the validation procedure from other running programs in order to prevent programs from intercepting the UAC window.
- Virtualizes file and registry write failures to per-user locations. Allows you to work with programs in virtualization mode to prevent corruption of the file system and registry (sandbox mode).
I personally use the highest security settings of UAC, including the need to enter a password during validation. This gives me full protection of system files, registry and Windows services. Usually, the software uses read-only system files and the registry. The only exceptions here might be the system utilities, where confirming rights to access the system is justified. The use of a password is conditioned by the fact that sometimes I am not the only one working under my account, so simply pressing Yes is not a sufficient security condition.
There are four levels of protection in the control settings. Scroll with your mouse wheel and on the right hand side you can read the descriptions for any of the four options.
The first point is always to activate the UAC to protect your system. If there is any change in it, a warning message is sure to pop up. If unknown programs try to affect your computer, potentially unsafe software is installed, applications from suspicious vendors start running, the control system will alert you on a regular basis. Ordinary users, if they are not administrators, will have to confirm their actions by entering the password.
First level: “Always notify in the following cases
Level Two: “Notify me only when programs attempt to modify the computer
Level 3: “Notify me when applications try to make changes to the computer without blacking out the desktop
Fourth level: completely disabling UAC protection
If you choose this option, you will no longer receive any notifications from the control system. The parameter itself indicates that it is not recommended to turn off the protection.
Change the User Account Control settings in the Registry Editor
Disabling UAC and selecting any of the four options for Windows 10 account control is also possible using the registry editor (to run it, press WinR on your keyboard and type regedit).
The UAC settings are defined by three registry keys under
Go to this section and find the following DWORD parameters on the right side of the window: PromptOnSecureDesktop, EnableLUA, ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin. To completely disable account control, simply change the EnableLUA setting to 0 (zero), close the registry editor and restart your computer.
However, when you change the UAC settings in the Control Panel, Windows 10 itself operates with three parameters simultaneously and does it in a slightly different way (although the previous method is easier and faster). Here are the values of each of the PromptOnSecureDesktop, EnableLUA, ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin keys in the order they are specified for the different account control notification options.
- Always notify. 1, 1, 2 respectively.
- Notify me when applications attempt to change the settings (default values). 1, 1, 5.
- Notify without darkening the screen. 0, 1, 5.
- Disable UAC and don’t inform. 0, 1, 0.
How To Turn Off User Account Control(UAC) On Windows 10 ?
How to disable account control in Windows 10
The option to control all PC user accounts is built into the Windows 10 operating system. Its purpose is to improve user security. Is a component that protects the device from unauthorized third-party access by requiring verification of all actions that require administrative rights. However, there is not always an urgent need to apply this feature. So you can turn it off and change basic settings at your discretion.
How to disable Windows 10 user account control
User Account Control helps prevent changes made to your computer by dangerous programs. By default, UAC’s change notification settings are set to notify only when applications try to make changes to your computer. If you try to run a malicious application, it will be blocked in order to protect Windows 10.
This article will explain how to disable UAC account control in Windows 10. In recent versions of the operating system users can also disable account control using the classic Control Panel. Next we should expect UAC account control settings to be moved to updated system settings.
Disabling UAC in Windows 10
UAC, or User Account Control, is both a component and a technology from Microsoft designed to improve security by limiting the access of programs to the system, allowing them to perform more privileged functions only with the permission of the administrator. In other words, UAC alerts the user that running an application can modify system files and settings and doesn’t allow the program to do so until it’s run with administrative privileges. This is done to protect the OS from potentially harmful influences.
Configure/Disable UAC via the Control Panel
For changing most of the settings of the operating system the Control Panel is used. Our task with this tool is as follows:
- Launch the Control Panel by any convenient method, such as the Search bar.
- Setting up a large or small icon view, go to “User Accounts.
- Click on “Change account control settings” (this option requires administrative rights).
- In the window that appears, we can set the degree of control by moving the appropriate slider.There are a total of 4 levels to choose from:
- “Always notify.”. This is the highest level of control and thus security. You will always be notified when apps try to install software or make changes to your computer settings, as well as when the user changes OS settings.
- The default selection is notifications only when applications try to make changes to the PC or laptop settings.
- The next, lower level differs from the above in that the desktop will not darken during notifications. In some cases where dimming takes a long time, this is a plus. In other situations this is not a desirable option.
- The label “Never notify” corresponds to disabling UAC.Note: there is another way to access these settings: use WinR to launch the “Run” window, where you type “UserAccountControlSettings” and hit OK (or Enter).
- When the choice is made, all you have to do is click OK.