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How to disable User Account Control (UAC) on Windows 11

If you don't want to get prompts when running elevated tasks, you can disable the "User Account Control" feature, and here's how on Windows 11.

Windows 11 UAC disabled

On Windows 11, the “User Account Control” (UAC) security feature prevents apps and users from making unwanted system changes and helps to prevent malicious code from running on the computer without your consent.

If an application tries to make changes when the User Account Control feature is turned on, Windows 11 will display a warning to allow or deny the action. If the device uses a standard account, the user will need the password of an administrator to allow the action.

Although this feature enables a more secure environment, sometimes you may want to disable it. For instance, when you have to work with legacy apps that may not run correctly with the User Account Control feature. Or you are an advanced user who prefers to use the system without the feature.

Whatever the reason might be, Windows 11 allows you to disable the UAC security feature in at least three ways using Control Panel, Group Policy, or Registry to run elevated tasks without prompts.

This guide will teach you the steps to manage User Account Control (UAC) settings on Windows 11.

Disable User Account Control on Windows 11

To disable the User Account Control prompts on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel on Windows 11.

  2. Click on System and Security.

  3. Click the “Change User Account Control settings” option.

    Change User Account Control settings

  4. Select the Never notify option using the slider to disable the UAC feature on Windows 11.

    Windows 11 disable UAC

    Quick tip: You can only disable the UAC feature on an Administrator account. If you have a Standard account, you will need to provide an Administrator password to complete the action.
  5. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the new setting will apply, and you will no longer receive a prompt again to elevate an action.

Disable User Account Control with Group Policy

To use Group Policy to disable the UAC security feature on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for gpedit, and click the top result to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  3. Browse the following path:

    Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
  4. Double-click the “User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode” policy on the right side.

    Group Policy Security Options

  5. Select the Disabled option.

    Group Policy disable User Account Control

  6. Click the Apply button.

  7. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, running elevated tasks will no longer require administrative permission.

You can always revert the change to re-enable User Account Control with the same instructions, but on step No. 5, change the setting to Enabled.

Disable User Account Control with Registry

To disable the User Account Control feature with the Registry, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for regedit, and click the top result to open the Registry Editor.

  3. Browse the following path:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  4. Double-click the EnableLUA DWORD on the right side.

  5. Change the value from 1 to 0.

    Registry disable UAC on Windows 11

  6. Click the OK button.

  7. Restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, the “User Account Control” (UAC) security feature will be disabled on Windows 11.

If you change your mind, you can always revert the changes with the same instructions, but on step No. 5, make sure to change the EnableLUA from 0 to 1.

While it’s possible to completely change or disable the User Account Control (UAC) settings on Windows 11, leaving the default configuration is always recommended for better security.