Martijn Lammerts
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Disable Vista User Account Control (UAC)

How disable Vista User Account Control (UAC). This can be done at serveral ways.

First, what is User Account Control (UAC). UAC is a Windows Vista built-in feautyre to automatically reduce the potential of security issues for your system. UAC forces users that are member of the local administrators group to run like they are regular users without administrative rights.
When a user is a member of the local administrators group or of the Domain Admins group tries to perform a taks or start a programs that requires administrative privileges, Windows Vista stops this operation automatically and prompts the user to acknowledge it to running the task

The following warning will appear at your desktop.

uac

UAC improves the security on Windows Vista, but you might want to disable it.
Disable UAC at your Own Risk. I not advise you to turn this off, i only show you how to disable it if you want to turn this off.

You can turn off UAC at more ways, here are three ways how to do this.

1: Change the registry.

  • Start registry editor.
  • Browse to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  • Find the following key: EnableLUA
  • Change the value to: 0

See pictures below:

reg-uac

reg_uac2

The fallback is to change the value back to 1.
Close the registry editor and restart the system.

2 – Use the Contol Panel

  • Open Control Panel.
  • Select ‘User Accounts’.
  • Select the user account for which you want disable UAC.
  • Click at ‘Turn User Account Contol On or Off’.
  • In ‘Turn on User Account Control (UAC) to make your computer more secure’ window unselect the ‘Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer’. Click Ok.
  • You must reboot your system.

See some pictures below.

useraccounts

uacononff

The fallback is: select the ‘Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer’.

3 – Using Group Policy

Use the Local Group Policy tool or create an Active Directory-based GPO.

Start gpedit.msc (For local)
Start  gpmc.msc (AD GPO)

  • Start the Group Policy Editor window.
  • Browse to Computer Configuration –> Windows Settings –> Security Settings –> Local Policies –> Security Options.
  • The following policies must be changed:
    – User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode.
    Change it to: Elevate without prompting.
    – User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation.
    Change it to: Disabled
    – User Account Control: Run all users, including administrators, as standard users.
    Change it to: Disabled
  • Close the policy editor tool and restart the sytem.
    Fallback, restore the settings.

See pictures below.

Before:

gpo_uac

After change:

 gpo_uac2

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