Windows 11 Disable User Account Control (UAC)

There are multiple ways to disable the User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 11. UAC is a security layer that asks a user to confirm changes in the system different apps may try to make. By default, Windows 11 shows a UAC prompt when a program tries to run with elevated privileges (as Administrator).

Windows 11 UAC Prompt

Some people find this behavior annoying. If you share that view, this article will show you how to disable Windows 11 User Account Control.


How to Disable User Account Control in Windows 11

You can disable UAC using the Settings app or the classic Control Panel app. As you could guess, there is a corresponding Group Policy option for that. If the GUI methods are not your way, you can disable the User Account Control feature in the Windows 11 Registry. Finally, a variety of apps can help you to get the task done in a convenient way. Let's review these methods.

Turn off UAC from the Control Panel and Settings

  1. Open Settings (Win + I) , and type User Account Control in the search box.Open Uac Options From Settings
  2. Select Change User Account Control Settings, and go to the step 6.
  3. If you prefer the classic Control Panel, press Win + R and enter control into the Run box.Open Windows 11 Control Panel From The Run Dialog
  4. Click Security and Maintenance.Security And Maintenance Control Panel Item In Icon View
  5. If you use the Category view, click System Security, then Security and Maintenance.Security And Maintenance Control Panel Item In Category View
  6. On the left side of the window, click the Change User Account Control settings link.Windows 11 Change User Account Control Settings Link
  7. To turn off User Account Control permanently, move the slider to the very bottom.Windows 11 Disable User Account Control

After that, Windows will stop notifying you and asking to confirm changes apps try to make on your computer. Note that Microsoft does not recommend disabling User Account Control.

Alternatively, you can disable screen dimming on UAC prompts. The system will continue asking for your confirmation for different actions but without dimming the screen. To do so, move the slider down to the second position from the bottom.

Note that none of the first three options show UAC prompts when you try to change Windows settings. If you want to increase Windows security as much as possible and prevent accidental changes in settings, move the slider up.

Disable User Account Control in Windows 11 using Windows Registry

  1. Press Win + R and enter the regedit command to open Registry Editor in Windows 11.Run Regedit
  2. Go to the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System. You can copy the path and paste it into the address bar in Registry Editor.
  3. On the right side of the window, find the EnableLUAvalue and modify it.
  4. Change the value data from 1 to 0, then click OK to save the changes.Disable User Account Control In Windows 11 Registry
  5. Restart Windows 11 to apply the change. The restart is a mandatory action here.

You are done. Windows will disable User Account Control.

Ready-for-use registry files.

Here are pre-built registry files you can use to disable or enable User Account Control in Windows 11.

  1. Download files in a ZIP archive using this link. Extract registry files to any folder.
  2. Open the Disable UAC in Windows 11.reg file and confirm changes in the registry.
  3. Restart your computer.
  4. To re-enable UAC later, open the Turn on UAC in Windows 11.reg, then restart your PC again.

If Registry tweaks are not your way of changing Windows settings, there is an alternative method. If your Windows 11 edition includes the Local Group Policy editor app (gpedit.msc), you can use it instead.

Disable Windows 11 UAC with Group Policy

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor by pressing Win + R and typing gpedit.msc in the Run box.
  2. In the left pane, go to the Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options location.
  3. On the right, double click User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode.Windows 11 Disable User Account Control In Group Policy
  4. Set the policy to Disabled. Click OK to apply the change.

The changes will apply instantly. Note that Windows 11 Home doesn't come with gpedit.msc, but the rest methods reviewed in this post work without issues

Disable User Account Control with Winaero Tweaker

Finally, here is how to turn off User Account Control in Windows 11 using Winaero Tweaker.

  1. Download Winaero Tweaker using this link. Install the app and launch it.
  2. Scroll down the list of sections to User Accounts, then click Disable UAC.
  3. On the right side of the window, click Disable UAC.Winaero Tweaker Disable UAC In Windows 11
  4. Windows will prompt you to restart the system to apply changes. You can reboot it right away or do that later. Note that UAC will continue running until you restart the computer.

Now you know how to get rid of the User Account Control prompts in Windows 11.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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