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Turn off UAC in Windows Vista


As an Administrator of Windows Vista, are you completely irritated by the constant pop-ups asking for your authorization? Here is a quick tip on how to shut off UAC for administrators but keep it activated for standard users.

  1. Click the Start Orb and type secpol.msc.

  1. Expand Local Policies | Security Options.

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the list and select User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode.

  1. Double-click on this setting or right-click and choose Properties. Choose Elevate without Prompting.

  1. Reboot your computer.

15 comments
freemanmarley
freemanmarley

the UAC place have been password protected,how do i overcome

edweirdo
edweirdo

In order to turn UAC on or off in vista open the Control Panel/User Accounts and under "Make changes to your user account" the last option is 'Turn User Account Control on or off'.

adsgfs
adsgfs

Click Start and in the Search box type MSCONFIG and press enter. Click the Tool tab. Select Disable UAC and click Launch. You will need to restart your system for the effects to take place. This works beautifully (NO MORE ADMINISTRATOR MESSAGES!) but I've not figured out how to tweak the user list to access a few folders that refuses 'permission' for me to open.....

petremure
petremure

Or you can use TweakUAC, a small, free application, that does the job for you on any flavour of Vista.

jgwinner
jgwinner

UAC also prevents you from saving files anywhere but in 'my documents'. I don't mind the popups honestly (it's a good security feature) but it's my hard drive, darn it! I want to store things whereever I want to store things. == John ==

Lonestar166
Lonestar166

Thank you for that. It is nice to be rid of that annoying prompt!

cccvan65
cccvan65

secpol.msc NOT found on Win Vista Home premium!

neighborvl
neighborvl

Has anyone found this gem in their copy of Vista Home Premium, if so let us all know where it lives?

sykandtyed
sykandtyed

Since this article is republished from 2007, I found a GNU program that does that and dozens of other irritating issues with Vista especially for single user PC's. http:\\smartpcutilities.bravehost.com

tbwatson
tbwatson

... once again "Premium" does not live up to its name.

Steven S. Warren
Steven S. Warren

You have to do it from the registry. Let me put something together this week for you.

reholli
reholli

To control behaviour of the elevation prompt the same way in VHP for administrators in Admin Approval Mode: Using the registry editor, drill down to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System and try setting the "ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin" dword to "1" or "0" depending on its current state. I'm not a Vista user/owner so don't have a machine to test this on. Edit: It looks as if "2" is the value for default behaviour, "1" to be prompted for the Administrator password, and "0" to achieve the desired behaviour equivalent to the use of secpol.msc in the article this TalkBack addresses.

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