How to Disable User Account Control (UAC)

disable-uac.gifYou should leave User Account Control (UAC) enabled because it helps protect you from spyware and viruses. If you frequently make configuration changes to your computer and your sick of the UAC confirmation prompts (I feel your pain), you can disable UAC by following these steps:

1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

2. In Control Panel, click User Accounts And Family Safety.

3. Click User Accounts.

4. Click Turn User Account Control On Or Off.

Though the link appears on a single user’s Control Panel page, it will affect all users.

5. Clear the Use User Account Control (UAC) To Help Protect Your Computer checkbox, and then click OK.

6. When prompted, restart your computer.

11 Responses to “How to Disable User Account Control (UAC)”

  1. Meow says:

    thanks dude…. that fucking thing is annoying!

  2. Johanna says:

    I bought a new laptop with Vista and now I cannot run several applications because of UAC. But the problem is when I want to disable it, or use it as an administrator etc. , I cannot do that either. There is no space to type the administrator password in,even if the window says it,and the “ok” button is gray. I just can click on cancel which causes again, that I can’t run my application. It is as if my computer wouldn’t allow me at all any more to make changes and run several programs. Any life-saving tips?THANKS!

  3. Jose Varvaro says:

    I have the same problem Johanna. If you know the solution please let me know.

  4. Gilbert says:

    UAC is useful, because sometimes ( me and my trigger happy finger) I accidently click on something I do not want to, and I could always press cancel if that happens. But when I wanted to install a certain demo, it took literally 30 minutes for the UAC window to popup. I disabled UAC, and it took only 10 minutes or less to install the whole game demo.

  5. zoug says:

    Follow these steps to solve your problem:

    1. Click Start then press Run.
    2. Type msconfig,then click Ok.
    3. Click on the Tools tab. Scroll down till you find “Disable user account control”. Click it.
    4. Press the Launch button.
    5. A cmd window will open. When the command is done, you can close this window. (note: you don’t have to type anything, just close it.)
    6. Close msconfig.

    7. Reboot your computer for changes to apply.

  6. joshua says:

    i cant do it because i am not the admin. and it says “type an administrator password to continue” but i can’t find anywhere to type to. and i cannot click OK. why????