User Account Control (UAC)

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How to Turn User Account Control (UAC) On or Off in Vista
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This will fully explain what User Account Control (UAC) is and how to turn it on or off in Vista.
How to Turn User Account Control (UAC) On or Off in Vista


information   Information
UAC or User Account Control is used to increase the security of the operating system by helping the user gain more control over the actions that are performed with administrative rights on their computers. Anytime a action requires administrative rights, UAC will confirm the action with you first. When a program asks for your permission to run with a UAC prompt, this means that program is asking for complete and unrestricted access to every part of your computer. This keeps you in control of what is happening on your computer. For more information, see:
Note   Note
Normal default administrator accounts run like a Standard User until a program or application requests elevation to run with administrator privileges. You then have a choice of allowing or denying the elevation. To allow, you must then click Continue or Run in the Administrator account, while in a Standard User account you must enter the administrator account's password to do so.
warning   Warning
This also turns Protected Mode in IE7 off and on. Also, please note that if UAC is disabled, you may have compatibility issues when installing some older programs since Vista is now acting like XP. (See related link 7 below) This can result in some unexplained Access Denied error messages. You will also not be notified to confirm a action of a program you did not know was going to use administrator privileges. You may wish to do releated link 1 instead to help prevent possible compatibility issues with some programs with UAC turned off.
Tip   Tip
To Have UAC Progam Exceptions to not have UAC ask for your permission on certain programs, then you can use the Norton UAC Tool for this.

If you really must stop the UAC prompts, then it would be better to elevate the administrator accounts instead so they will no longer be bothered by the UAC. This way UAC is not completely off and IE7 Protected Mode is still on.
For better security, it is recommended that you leave the UAC turned on and not elevate the administrator account.

EXAMPLE: UAC Prompt
UAC_Prompt.jpg




OPTION ONE
Through the Control Panel

1. Open the Control Panel. (Classic View)​
2. Click on the User Account icon.​
3. Click on Turn User Account Control on or off. (See screenshot below)​
UAC.jpg

4. To Turn Off UAC
A) Uncheck Use UAC to help protect your computer. (See screenshot below step 5)​
NOTE: When you turn off UAC, the Security Center will give you an alert warning notification in the notification area of the taskbar until you turn UAC back on. To turn this alert off, see: How to Disable or Enable the Security Center Alert Warning Notification in Vista
B) Go to step 6​

5. To Turn On UAC
A) Check Use UAC to help protect your computer. (See screenshot below)​
Check or Uncheck.jpg

6. Click on OK.​
7. Click on Restart Now to apply the changes. (See screenshot below)​
WARNING: This will restart the computer when clicked on. Be sure to save and close anything else running first.​
Restart.jpg





OPTION TWO
Using a REG File Download

1. To Turn UAC On
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Turn_UAC_On.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Turn UAC Off
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
NOTE: When you turn off UAC, the Security Center will give you an alert warning notification in the notification area of the taskbar until you turn UAC back on. To turn this alert off, see: How to Disable or Enable the Security Center Alert Warning Notification in Vista
Turn_UAC_Off.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​
7. Restart the computer to apply changes.​




OPTION THREE
Manually in Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Reg1.jpg

5. To Turn UAC Off
NOTE: When you turn off UAC, the Security Center will give you an alert warning notification in the notification area of the taskbar until you turn UAC back on. To turn this alert off, see: How to Disable or Enable the Security Center Alert Warning Notification in Vista
A) In the right pane, right click on EnableLUA and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)​
B) Type 0 (Number Zero) and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify_Off.jpg

C) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)​
Reg2.jpg

D) Go to step 7.​

6. To Turn UAC On
A) In the right pane, right click on EnableLUA and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)​
B) Type 1 (Number Zero) and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify_On.jpg

C) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below step 4)​

7. Close regedit.​
8. Restart the computer to apply changes.​
That's it,
Shawn


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Hi, Thanks for posting this. Got Vista Home Premium 2 weeks ago with new notebook. So far I am really struggling to find any improvements over XP..

I completed this registry edit procedure, and restarted, to find I'm still denied access to Docs & Settings folders, and blocked from changing Permissions/Privileges to allow this. Logged on as Admin, and UAC not active (tho i also tried with UAC active). secpol.msc is not found...

I just want to get into my Docs & Settings folders to backup my Thunderbird folders.

Thanks for any suggestions,
mark
 
Any way you can turn off or limit the UAC for individual programs. I don’t want to disable UAC due to the protection it offers but at the same time I don’t want to be annoyed by the UAC pop ups on my everyday programs I use.
 
Hi Malevolent,

Welcome to the forum. :party:

Sorry, with UAC it is all or nothing with that. The only workaround that I can think of that allows UAC to be on without bugging you is this below. It is the safest method.

1. Use a Standard account for everyday stuff, and use a Administrator account with elevated privileges to prevent the UAC from bugging you and still be on. This tutorial will show you how.

How to Elevate Administrators Privilege Level in Vista

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
so i have done this disabling thing... but now i get a warning in the task bar every time i boot telling me it is disabled... how can i stop that?
 
i did follow the instructions, but after i click yes, it prompt out a box from Regitry Editor which wrote :
Cannot import C:\User\FrankGoh\Desktop\Turn_UAC_Off.reg: Not all data was successfully writen to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes.
What should i do now ?
 
Hello LBK, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Are you doing this while logged on to an administrator account?

If so, then you can also do the manual method or the usual Method One to turn UAC off.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Still won't work.

Hey Shawn!

Thanks so much for all your work. I'm also trying to reactivate my UAC.

I've tried everything, even the manual registry reset. It gives me this error: "Cannot edit EnableLUA: Error writing the value's new contents."

The Turn_UAC_On.reg returns this error when I try to merge it: "Cannot import ..._On.reg: Not all data was successfully wirtten to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes."

And when I do it through the control panel, I just check the box and it takes me back to users without a restart. The box is then still unchecked.

Any ideas what I can do?

Many thanks.
 
Hello VoxOrpheus, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Are you doing this while logged on to an administrator account? You will not be able to do this from within a standard accoun.
 
Hello VoxOrpheus, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Are you doing this while logged on to an administrator account? You will not be able to do this from within a standard accoun.

Thanks, Brink!

I am logged in as an administrator, but my account is acting like a standard account. Even when I run install programs as an administrator (w/ the right click), they are denied access.
 
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