How To Turn Off UAC in Windows 7

UAC in my opinion has marginal benefits in protecting a users PC from malware.  Why?  Windows users are too used to clicking through UAC prompts for accessing almost anything requiring elevated privileges.

If you would like to turn off UAC in Windows 7 just follow the steps below.  Note:  You should only disable UAC on your PC and you realize that any application can run without intervention

  1. Click the Windows Globe on the bottom left (the old start button).
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click System and Security.
  4. Under “Action Center” click “Change User Account Control Settings”.
  5. Lower the slider down to “Never Notify”.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Reboot.

Now you’ll be able to run any program from a command prompt and you’ll also never have to click another annoying UAC prompt again.  Ahhhh…there’s those few minutes of life back that UAC was stealing from me :P

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11 Responses to How To Turn Off UAC in Windows 7

  1. Silviu C. November 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    IMO you’re wrong to give this kind of advice. Coming from a lot of years of using various Linux distros back to XP meant the end of HW support related frustrations and back to security related ones. Finally Win 7 gave me the reason to switch. A modern OS, secured by default. UAC does not bother me, it still does on friends’ Vista PCs when I do support for them tho.

    Your reviews and tutorials are awesome and to the point. Thanks!

  2. bryan November 13, 2009 at 2:23 am #

    matt, I have a special request. could you do a detection/cleaning review of the two googlepack security products of norton security scanner and spyware doctor starter edition. Please :) Get a infested machine and see how much both of those products used in combination can clean. Great thing about both of them is that they both have schedulers. With the schedulers, they can serve as a great backup to regular avs. bryan

  3. Bryan November 13, 2009 at 3:25 am #

    matt, seems like googlepack ditched the norton security scanner. now they give a basic spywaredoctor with antivirus. downloading now. I assume a scheduler which i like. could you do a cleanup review with it. bryan

  4. Thomas November 14, 2009 at 7:03 am #

    Hello Matt Thomas here. heres another way to do it:

    1. press globe

    2.type in UAC

    3.click on first option and follow witrh what you said

  5. atanos November 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    Disabling UAC is just idiotic. Ofcourse UAC doesn’t help if user doesn’t know what it is and how it works.

    For those who doens’t know what it is see this:
    http://www.7tutorials.com/uac-why-you-should-never-turn-it-off

    Some more links to read:
    http://www.google.fi/#hl=fi&q=what+is+uac&meta=&aq=&oq=&fp=a5dadf355cd13854

    So when UAC asks for elevated privileges please make sure to check out why and for what program!

  6. malwarekilla November 16, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    @atanos – if you’re a sys admin like myself then disabling it on your machine is a must when it comes to saving time.

  7. atanos November 16, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    Hi Matt, thanks for reply :)

    Well, I don’t think it saves that much time, one prompt takes just about one second and typing your password maybe two seconds, maybe not even that long.

    Btw, I have to ask: Have you tried to use limited user accound when UAC is enabled? When you do you will see that these prompts reduces over by half compared to admin account; no admin privileges –> no prompts unless really needed to, this is what I know from my personal experience. UAC was made to make possible to use limited user account for lot easier way than ever before. And also even when using admin account it reduses privileges to normal user so that for example internet browsers(!) will be executed on those limited privileges. Now isn’t that a one magnificent security feature?
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709628%28WS.10%29.aspx

    UAC also has one more very good feature: File and registry virtualization.
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530198.aspx

    On Win7 admin can adjust UAC setting, but lowering that level also weakens security dramatically. Those settings doesn’t apply on limited user account.

    Theres only one tiny problem that I’ve come to notice on UAC: Sometimes it can be a pain in the a** when deleting program file folder of uninstalled program, especially if that folder still contains some files, so those files needs to be removed first. Other than that UAC is perfect.

    So please everyone who reads this: Try to understand and learn the way UAC works and what it is and then make your dicision about shutting it down, it really is an awesome feature.

    Oh and Matt, I don’t remember if I’ve said this before, but thanks for your videos and this blog, your videos are very nice to watch :)

    Btw, sorry for bad(?) english, it isn’t my native language.

  8. dvader November 17, 2009 at 11:06 am #

    @matt: i don't agree. If UAC is a problem, surely most of the program you review falls in the same category. Do you really think ordinary users can cope with personal firewalls, sandboxie,and so on..? They can't.

  9. pranaygtr December 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    The UAC in Windows 7, is way more silent compared to Vista.

    I'd recommend the noob/average user to leave it switched on.

    Oh yeah, unless you are experienced (profession-wise) or you know what you are doing then turn it off.

  10. Midfingr February 6, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    @ atanos Thank you. I have the same sentiments about this. Turning off UAC is not a good idea as it does add an extra layer of security.

    For example, this article: http://arstechnica.com/security/news/2008/08/the-sky-isnt-falling-a-look-at-a-new-vista-security-bypass.ars
    demonstrates a major breach in Vista security, which would’ve been blocked if UAC was left on.

    The darkening of the screen, while annoying is also useful in preventing a number of spoofing tricks. For examples, see this post: http://blogs.msdn.com/uac/archive/2006/05/03/589561.aspx

    Thank you for the videos, Matt. I really appreciate your hard work.

  11. Patrick Allen December 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    I get the following popup message on Win7. I have moved the UAC slider to the bottom (turning off UAC), but Win7 still blocks the application from running. I know that this is not a harmful app.

    How can I get this app to run on Win7?

    ——- Message Text From Popup ——————————————–
    Windows found that this file is potentially harmful.
    To help protect your computer, Windows has blocked access to this file.

    Name: aimPRO Registry Setup.exe

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