User Account Control or UAC in Windows 10 notifies you when you start programs or perform actions that require administrator privileges on your computer (which usually means that the program or action will change the system settings or files). This was done in order to protect you from potentially dangerous actions and run software that could harm your computer.
By default, UAC is enabled and requires confirmation for any actions that may affect the operating system, however, you can disable UAC or configure its notifications in a convenient way. At the end of the manual, there is also a showing both ways to disable Windows 10 user account control.
Note: if even with user account control disabled, one of the programs does not start with a message that the administrator has blocked the execution of this application, this instruction should help: The application is blocked for protection in Windows 10.
Disabling User Account Control (UAC) in Control Panel
The first way is to use the corresponding item in the Windows 10 control panel to change user account control settings. Right-click on the Start menu and select “Control Panel” from the context menu.
In the control panel at the top right in the “View” box, select “Icons” (not Categories) and select “User Accounts”.
In the next window, click on the item “Change user account control settings” (for this action, administrator rights are required). (You can also get to the desired window faster. Press the WinR keys and enter UserAccountControlSettings to the Run window, then press Enter).
Now you can manually configure the work of user control or disable UAC Windows 10 so that in the future do not receive any notifications from him. Just select one of the options for UAC operation settings, of which there are four.
- Always notify when applications try to install software or when changing computer settings. The safest option, with any action that can change something, as well as with the actions of third-party programs, you will receive a notification about it. Ordinary users (not administrators) will need to enter a password to confirm the action.
- Notify only when applications try to make changes to the computer. This option is installed in Windows 10 by default. It means that only program actions are controlled, but not user actions.
- Notify only when applications try to make changes to the computer (do not darken the desktop). The difference from the previous paragraph is that the desktop does not darken or block, which in some cases (viruses, trojans) can be a security risk.
- Do not notify me. UAC is disabled and does not notify you of any changes to the computer settings initiated by you or by programs.
If you decide to disable UAC, which is not a safe practice, you should be very careful in the future, since all programs will have the same access to the system as you, while account control will not let you know if any of they “take too much on themselves.” In other words, if the reason for disabling UAC is only because it “interferes,” I strongly recommend turning it back on.
Change UAC Settings in Registry Editor
Disabling UAC and choosing any of the four options for managing Windows 10 user accounts is also possible using the registry editor (to start it, press WinR on the keyboard and enter regedit).
UAC operation parameters are determined by three registry keys located in the section HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ System
Go to this section and find the following DWORD parameters in the right part of the window: PromptOnSecureDesktop, EnableLUA, ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin. You can change their values by double-clicking. Next, I present the values of each of the keys in the order that they are specified for different options for account control alerts.
- Always notify. 1, 1, 2, respectively.
- Notify when applications try to change parameters (default values). 1, 1, 5.
- Notify without dimming the screen. 0, 1, 5.
- Disable UAC and do not notify. 0, 1, 0.
I think that someone who can be advised to disable UAC under certain circumstances will be able to figure out what’s what, it’s not difficult.
How to disable UAC Windows 10.
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In conclusion, I remind you once again: I do not recommend disabling user account control in either Windows 10 or other OS versions, unless you absolutely know exactly what you need it for, as well as being an experienced user.