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How-To Disable Or Modify UAC Notification Level for Windows 7

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The Windows 7 UAC (User Account Control) notification is probably one of the most noticeable upgrades VS. the Windows Vista notification.  Microsoft must have been listening to all those Apple PC Vs. MAC commercials.  🙂


Honestly, I think the method Microsoft used to improve the Windows 7 UAC was brilliant.  Rather than caving into Apple (or the user community for that matter) and making the OS less secure by removing the UAC notifications, Microsoft placed the control in the hands of the user by allowing them to adjust the level of notification using a simple slide bar.  Very Groovy AND secure indeed!


How To Disable or Modify the UAC Pop-ups in Windows 7


1. Click the Start Menu.  In the search box Type in UAC, then above you’ll want to Click Change User Account Control settings.

Screenshot - Open the Windows 7 UAC Notification GUI Tool


2. The User Account Control Settings window should appear.  On the left, Click & Drag the Notification Slider down so that it says Never Notify. Click OK to save and finish.

Screenshot - Modify Windows 7 UAC Notification Settings using the GUI Tool


All done!
If you selected “Never Notify,” the Windows 7 UAC pop-ups should stop appearing altogether.  I would recommend keeping your UAC turned on especially if you’re frequently logged in with an account that has administrator privileges.


Disable UAC using the System Registry

Another method to disable the UAC is through the System Registry.  Note, this is for advanced users only.  That being said, here’s a quick Step-by-step.


1. Click the Windows Start button and Type regedit

Windows 7 Screenshot of opening the registry


2. Browse to the following registry key:



3. Double-Click the EnableLUA Key on the right and Change the value data from 1 (UAC Enabled) to 0 (UAC Disabled.)

How-To Disable Windows 7 UAC using the Registry


That’s it! A reboot will be required for the modification to take effect.

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  1. shockersh  

    honestly, i’ve never bothered with the UAC because the windows 7 i felt wasn’t that bad. Now that I see how easy the GUI is however, i just set it to the 2nd from the bottom.

    thanks for the heads up

  2. itan  

    Does this technique disable this “Install/Remove of the Service Denied!” notification?

    • @Itan – Sorry, not sure I understand the question?

      • Paul  

        Indeed it does, if the account is administrative.
        This answer is valid in Vista/7. In Windows 8/8.1 it is no longer true so, you still need to manually run the app as admin (in Vista/7 with UAC disabled apps run as admin without explicitly requesting by any means)

  3. Seay  

    Hello everyon! I was messing with th UAC slider and now i’m having a major problem. And now i can’t get past the darn thing. I tried to go to the user account control setting and change everything back. But that UAC warning woud pop up, You know the one that say…do you want to allow the following program to make chang to you computer. And the only option it allow me to choose is no and yes woud be grayed out. I tried to diable the UAC in the registry but it keep giving me an error message saying it can’t be edited. If anyone could help I would truly be greatful. Because i don’t want to have to reinstall everything all over again. I also tried the restore to and earlier time option but like i said. The UAC warning would pop up and say no on it own without giving me the option to say yes.

    • iNsANiAc  

      Mate… What a SPEW huh?!? Sounds like you got a REAL problem there… What you COULD do is… No, hang on… that won’t work… 🙁 O.K, What about… Nah… that won’t help either… HHhhmmmm… I know! I GOT IT!!! Go to the Start menu, type ‘syste….’
      AAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! HELLLPP! No…no, no, no….. NOOOOOOOOOOO…..! ……

      • Paul  

        Recovery mode would be helpful, if a registry edit would do.
        You open the recovery mode from F8 boot menu/installer DVD.
        You open command prompt, in which you type regedit (or registry editor directly, if possible — I can’t recall)
        You click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
        You choose File->Load Hive…
        The Windows drive is no longer C, but some D:\\ I guess.
        HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT is a merge of the \Software\Classes folders of the user and the system
        HKEY_CURRENT_USER is D:\\Users\\(username)\\ntuser.dat
        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE is a set of multiple roots, all located in D:\\Windows\\System32\\config:
        Software, System, SAM, Security, Hardware(Don’t know which), while the BCD one is somewhere else (probably auto mounted directly though)
        HKEY_USERS is a set of multiple roots, each for a single user
        HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG — I don’t understand what this one is 🙂 but I guess it’s somewhere in the System32\\config folder

        Double backslashes? I avoided their dissappearance (some websites are nasty in this sense: if they interpred the backslashes, only one will appear, instead of two). You just look for the folders with single backslashes.

  4. ancjob  

    great solution – worked perfect
    thank you

  5. What tool did you use to create the pictures / callouts?

    • Hi Steve, I use Snagit from Techsmiths. Best thing out there although it’s around $30

  6. Seay  

    Sorry for taking so long to reply. I forgot my password to log in. But anyway, thank for all the help. Everything is fine now.

    • Jennifer  

      hello,,, i was wondering how you fixed this problem? My fiances computer is doing the same thing and i have triedEVERYTHING to fix it but the uac wont let me do anything! there isnt even a spot to enter the password if there was one. Its stressing me out not being able to fix this considering I am able to solve most other computer concerns. my email is martej22 at hotmail please let me know how you fixed this… thanks again

      • Cleve  

        Hi Jennifer,

        I went to the start window, typed in “regedit” and then when it opens go to “Policies” and select “System” and then double click
        the EnableLUA key on the right and Change the Value Data from 1(UAC Enabled) to 0 (UAC Disabled). Restart your computer and then check the UA and see if it’s changed to Never Notify and do whatever it is your needing to do BUT then I would change it back asap and restart again.
        Hope this helps you also.

    • kratos  

      how did you fix UAC windows pop up please help me thank you

    • thebat1  

      What did you to to fix this?

  7. Cleve  

    I’ve tried this uac fix and it still won’t allow me to change the
    system to “do not notify”. Not sure what to do next!

    • Brian Burgess  

      @Cleve do you have administrator rights on the PC you’re using?

  8. Cleve  

    Yes I do but was still having problems but with the help I found
    here I was able to resolve this.

    Thank You,

  9. Cleve  

    Problem for today, the HP 4500 wireless printer I installed was
    working fine until today. Adobe 10.1 has been updated and the
    print on both sides is turned off and it still won’t print. Any

  10. Ram  

    THX Worked for me too
    UAC is a pain
    would people do it in enterprise level
    does it compromise security ?

  11. elise  

    it say error cannot write blah blah blah somethign help!!!!

    • I see you couldn’t write the “blah blah something” either…
      Maybe just blah blah something back at it?

      Which method did you try when it said it cannot write blah blah something?
      Ask whoever is the admin / other user of the computer to help with the blah blah! It’s obvious you’re the user with limited rights. That would be the reason for the computer to fail to write something. Or you could run the specific program as an administrator (right click it). Finally, the hardware could be malfunctioning, which could be a cause for not being able to write.

  12. Mate  

    When ever I try something, it disables yes and the password to write on
    I have Windows 10 so please help

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