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Easily Disable User Account Control (UAC) on Windows Vista

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Today I built a new Windows Vista Virtual Machine and being that I’ve never documented the How-To disable UAC for Windows Vista (the annoying Security pop-up Windows people complain about), I figured I would take a few screen shots this time and document the simple process.



1:   Open Control Panel and Type UAC into the Search BoxClick Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off.

Control Panel - Disable User Account Control (UAC) for Windows Vista



2:   Click Continue when prompted by UAC box

User Account Control (UAC) for Windows Vista Confirmation Box



3:   Uncheck Box Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer then Click OK

Radio Box to Disable User Account Control (UAC) for Windows Vista



4:   Click Restart Now

Request to Reboot after User Account Control (UAC) for Windows Vista has been Disabled


Once your Vista box reboots the changes will take effect and the UAC prompts (which some people find annoying) will be disabled.


Disclaimer: Please note, disabling the Windows Vista UAC security feature will significantly increase the attack surface on your computer, allowing malicious software to more efficiently infect/compromise your computer.  Please be aware of this before you follow this How-To tutorial.




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2 Responses to Easily Disable User Account Control (UAC) on Windows Vista

  1. Liz September 24, 2008 at 7:53 am #

    Great article. I wish I knew about this 6 months ago when I went back to Windows XP from Windows Vista. Those prompts where just driving me CRAZY!!!

    Will reconsider going back to Vista!

  2. Mojo September 2, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    Finally figured out how to disable “UAC” before finding this article.

    As you said, make sure you have AV/Firewall/Spyware softwares available after shutting off feature!

    Also, you may get “error” messages from Windows re: UAC. Just ignore them!

    Lastly, if you uninstall the crapware AV software that was already included with the PC, you may get an error message. You’ll have to activate, reboot then deactivate UAC since the AV software is somehow “linked” to UAC. Learned this the hard way when I uninstalled McAfee trialware!!

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