How to disable UAC in Windows 10
User Account Control (UAC) plays an important role in Windows 10: confirmation prompts prevent programs from making changes to the system on their own. This improves safety, but can sometimes get in the way. If you don’t want to see notifications for this feature, follow these steps:
- Press the key combination Win + X and select “System”.
- In the data entry field in the upper left corner, enter “User Account Control” or “UAC”.
- In the new window, set the slider to the lowest level to turn off notifications completely.
- Then save the settings by clicking on “OK”.
Important: We do not recommend disabling this setting as doing so poses a security risk to your computer. Therefore, you can disable User Account Control only when necessary and temporarily.
Alternative: disable UAC through the Windows registry
Alternatively, one can simply turn off User Account Control completely by changing the Registry entry:
- With a keyboard shortcut [Windows]+ [R] open the Run dialog box.
- Enter the command “regedit” and click on “OK”.
- Then go to the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies System. You can simply copy the path to the address bar of the Registry Editor using the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V
- Double click on the EnableLUA entry and set the value to “0”. Confirm by clicking on “OK”.
- Close Registry Editor and then restart your computer. If you want to undo the change, change the value back to “1”.
How to bypass UAC with Task Scheduler
Unfortunately, User Account Control cannot be turned off for individual programs. But there is one life hack: the request when starting programs can be bypassed using the Windows 10 Task Scheduler. This can be done even through the shortcut:
- Press the Win + R key combination and in a new window run the taskschd.msc command.
- On the right side of Task Scheduler, click the “Create task …” button.
- In the new window, under General, enter a name for the job.
- Check the box next to “Run with highest privileges.” Thanks to this feature, User Account Control will no longer be displayed later.
- Go to the “Actions” tab and click “New …”. Leave the Run Program action unchanged and enter the full path to the application you want to run in the Program / Script field. Confirm with “OK”.
- Right click on the Windows desktop and select New from the context menu and then Shortcut.
- Enter “job” as the location C: Windows System32 schtasks.exe / run / TN. Replace Task with the name of the task you created earlier. Confirm with the Next button.
- Then enter a name for the shortcut and click Finish.