How to Disable User Account Control (UAC) on Windows 11

Like previous versions, Windows 11 includes User Account Control (UAC). But you might want to adjust it or disable it altogether. Here’s how.

The User Account Control (UAC) feature built into Windows protects your PC by preventing unwanted system changes. These changes can come from other software or users themselves. While the feature is not as annoying as it used to be, in earlier versions of Windows, you still might want to adjust or altogether disable it. Here’s how on Windows 11.

Disable UAC on Windows 11

When you or an app tries to make a change to your Windows 11 system, the UAC screen will pop up. If you know what you’re doing, having to click through this screen every time can be annoying.

User Account Control Windows 11

Accessing UAC is essentially the same on Windows 11 as previous versions – the UI just looks different. Still, if you’re new to Windows 11, now might be a good time for a refresher.

Hit the Windows key on your keyboard and type: uac then click on “Change User Account Control settings” from the menu under “Best match.”

change user account control

That will launch the UAC Settings screen. This is where you can adjust the slider up or down for more or less user account control protection. Move it to the top to have it always notify when apps and/or you try to install software or make changes to system settings. The default setting is to notify only when apps try to make changes (default setting).

uac settings windows 11

And you can completely turn off UAC by moving the slider to the bottom. You’ll never be notified when apps try to make changes to your system or when you make changes to Windows Settings.

never notify UAC

After you are done making your decision, remember to click the OK button for the change to go into effect. Finally, UAC will pop up one more time, verifying you want to make the change. Click Yes.

verify UAC Changes Windows 11

The choice is yours. You might want to temporarily disable UAC while installing trusted software and turn it back on after that. Or, you might be a power user and have no need for it at all. The good thing is you can adjust it to your liking.

And for more on the new OS from Microsoft, take a look at setting Active Hours on Windows 11 to avoid Windows Update restarts. Or check out how to manage Storage Sense on Windows 11.

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