How to disable UAC in Windows 7

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windows-7The new UAC (User Account Control) in Windows 7 has been specifically designed to give users a better computer and Internet experience. As a matter of fact, one of its most important feature  is a nice slide bar which lets you set the level of notification you wish to get back from the system. Thanks to this new fine-tuning, setting the way Windows 7 protects you becomes a kind “private matter” where you will be able to select the way the operating system interferes with your activity. The new UAC is subject to the following changes:

  • Reduce unnecessary or duplicated prompts in Windows and the ecosystem, such that critical prompts can be more easily identified.
  • Enable our customers to be more confident that they are in control of their systems.
  • Make prompts informative such that people can make more confident choices.
  • Provide better and more obvious control over the mechanism.

With this new re-design the options Disable and Turn Off no more exist in the menu. But then, how can we de-activate UAC? Here are a couple of methods which can be quite useful to you.

First method

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click User Accounts and Family Safety.
  4. Click User Account.
  5. Now move the Slider to Never Notify
  6. Click OK to confirm the new setting.
  7. Reboot your computer.

Second method

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search box, type regedit and press Enter.
  3. Locate the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\System
  4. locate the following sub-key: EnableLUA
  5. Set this sub-key to 0 (zero)
  6. If you want to disable the UAC consent prompt dialog locate the following REG_DWORD: ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin and assign 0 (zero) as a value.
  7. Reboot your computer for the change to take effect.

Third method

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search box, type CMD and press Enter.
  3. Type cd.. a couple of times till you get to the main root (C:\)
  4. Now execute the following command: %windir%\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
  5. As an option you can run the following command to disable all elevation consent requests and notifications: %windir%\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
  6. To revert the above commands, run these two commands:

%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

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