Disable User Account Control (UAC) the Easy Way on Win 7, 8, or 10

If you have been using Windows for a while, you will probably remember User Account Control (UAC) annoyance when it first appeared in Windows Vista. We've shown you how to disable it, and you can always turn it off in Windows 8 and 10. Here's how.

A word of warning first, however. We recommend that you do not disable the UAC. You will end up with a less secure PC (and we wrote an excellent guide explaining this very thing ). If you still disable it on a new Windows installation, you can try again. The UAC under Windows 8 and 10 is much simpler and less annoying than in the past. That said, we are not here to tell you what to do.

Under Windows 7, 8, or 10, tap Start, type "uac" in the search box, and then click the "Edit User Account Settings" result. On Windows 8, you will use the home screen (instead of the Start menu), and you will have to change your search to "settings," but it still basically works the same.

In the "User Account Control Settings" window, drag the cursor to the "Never Notify" setting. Click "OK" when you're done.

Pretty simple.

Also note that you do not have to completely disable the UAC. Here are the parameters you can apply with the cursor:

Always notify: Windows prompts you to check by UAC whenever an application tries to install software or make changes to your PC. It also asks for a check when you make changes to the Windows settings.
Notify only applications: The two intermediate cursor settings work the same way, both notifying you only when applications are trying to make changes, but not when you change the Windows settings. The difference between the two parameters is that the first dims your screen during notification and the second does not. The second setting is intended for people with PCs who (for whatever reason) take a long time to attenuate the screen.
Never notify: The UAC does not notify you of changes you make or changes made by the applications. This parameter essentially turns off UAC.

As we have said, we strongly encourage you not to disable the UAC. This is what allows you to run an administrator account as a daily user account. But, if you are determined to turn it off, at least now you know how easy it is.

Walter Glenn is a longtime computer scientist and technical writer. Although it is mostly a Windows guy and gadget, he has a penchant for any technique. You can follow it on Facebook and Twitter .

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