How To Disable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 8

When User Account Control (UAC) was introduced in Vista, users found it intrusive and annoying. It’s less intrusive in Windows 7 and the new OS, but power users typically turn it off. You can still disable it in Windows 8 here’s how.

Turn Off UAC Notifications in Windows 8

There’s a couple of ways to get to it in the new OS. Use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + W to bring up Settings search and type: UAC.

Windows 8 Settings Search

Then select Change Use Account Control Settings under the search results.


Now move the slider all the way down to Never Notify and click OK.

UAC Never Notify

Alternately you can get there from the desktop by using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + X to bring up the power user menu and click Control Panel > User Accounts.

Power User Menu

Next, click Change User Account Control Settings.

user account mgmt

To make the changes permanent you’ll need to click Yes when the UAC verification message comes up.

UAC Windows 8

If you’re installing several programs in on sitting, you can turn off UAC to avoid having it constantly popping up. Then remember to turn it back on to get the extra security protection it provides. If you’re new to computing, I recommend not turning it off.



  1. Couple of things:
    1. Great it and just signed up.
    2. Tile are visable in Win 8 but when I click them it goes to orange screen –nothing. They work when I loaded Win 8 but for some reason they stopped…I did get Weather to come back but minimal usage. Any ideas?
    3. Of course my wife is going crazy about me plunging into this pre-Beta but what the heck – “nothing ventured – nothing gained. Do I go to restore to revert back to Win 7 if she continues to beat me up?

    Thx Brian…

    • You need to adjust your screen resolution. This was a common problem with Windows 8 early on. Once you adjust the screen resolution up a bit, you should be fine.

  2. Brian Burgess  

    Well, you could always do a dual boot system. Or, my favorite way to test out a new OS — especially in beta — is use a VM. We have a great article on how to install Windows 8 on VirtualBox which is free from Oracle.

  3. Mike  

    This turned it off in Win7, but not completely in Win8. This reg key will actually turn it off:

  4. Ralph J  

    I can get to the link for changing my UAC settings but when I click on the link it won’t open to let me make the changes. The problem I’m having is with my Surface Pro 3, the UAC won’t let any of my apps work but my Surface Pro 3 won’t let me change the UAC settings to disable it.

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