How To Disable Uac In Windows 10? Here Are Four Simple Ways!

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User account Control is an important Windows security feature. If a running application wants full access lớn your system, it has to lớn ask with a UAC prompt. If you disable UAC, all running applications can gain Administrator access without asking first.

All modern versions of Windows, including Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, & Windows Vista have User account Control, & it’s enabled by default. It’s included on Windows Server, too. The instructions here will let you disable UAC on any version of Windows. UAC options are found in the classic Control Panel, even on Windows 11 & Windows 10.


Warning: We recommend against disabling UAC unless you have a specific reason to bởi so. For example, you may want to lớn temporarily disable UAC while troubleshooting a software issue. If you bởi vì disable UAC, we recommend re-enabling it as soon as possible. UAC prevents applications from gaining full Administrator access khổng lồ your operating system & could help limit the damage malware can bởi on your PC.

First, xuất hiện the UAC settings window. To vị so, xuất hiện your Start thực đơn (by pressing the Windows key or clicking the Start button). Type “UAC” or “User tài khoản Control” into the tìm kiếm box in the Start menu.

Click “Change User trương mục Control Settings” in the search results.

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In the User trương mục Control Settings window, click và drag the slider lớn the bottom position, which is “Never Notify.” With this setting, applications will be able lớn request Administrator access lớn your system & will immediately be granted that access without asking you first.

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Click “OK” to save your choice. You will have to lớn agree khổng lồ one final UAC prompt lớn confirm the change. It will take effect immediately after you do.

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The UAC slider gives you four separate options for choosing User account Control behavior on Windows. Here are the options you can choose from:

Always notify me when: This option is even more strict than the mặc định setting. Windows will show the standard UAC prompts when you install applications, for example. However, you will also have lớn agree lớn UAC prompts when you change Windows system settings. This ensures applications can’t silently modify operating system settings without asking you.Notify me only when apps try lớn make changes khổng lồ my computer (default): This is the mặc định UAC behavior. Windows will ask you for permission when you install applications or when those applications want full system access, but you won’t see UAC prompts when you change most Windows operating system settings.Notify me only when apps try lớn make changes lớn my computer (do not dim my desktop): This is the same as the mặc định setting, but Windows will show you a UAC window over your normal desktop environment rather than a UAC window over a dimmed desktop environment. The dimmed desktop environment is actually a special, secure desktop that running applications can’t interfere with. You should only use this option if it takes your computer a long time lớn dim the desktop, which would likely be due to lớn a hardware or driver issue.Never notify me when: Applications can gain UAC access without asking you. You will never see a UAC prompt requesting your permission or informing you UAC access was granted while the “Never notify” setting is activated. Lớn fully disable UAC, this is the option you must select.
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To re-enable UAC in the future, re-open the User account Control Settings window, drag the slider back lớn the mặc định position, & click “OK.” Changes to your UAC settings will take immediately; you don’t have to lớn reboot.

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Again, we strongly recommend against disabling UAC unless you have a particularly good reason to bởi vì so. While the feature was very obnoxious & noisy when it debuted on Windows Vista, it’s been much more reasonable since Windows 7 và it still works well on Windows 10 và Windows 11 today. You may see quite a few UAC prompts when setting up a computer & installing your software, but they hopefully shouldn’t be too frequent after that—and they’re an important security feature that puts you in control over what applications can bởi vì on your PC.


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Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about công nghệ for over a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The thành phố new york Times, been interviewed as a công nghệ expert on TV stations like Miami"s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times---and that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »
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