How to Disable User Access Control in Vista

User Access Control is that annoying thing that keeps on popping up tirelessly to ask you if it is OK to install a particular program when you try to install one. It is one of the biggest irritants in Vista, but I must warn you that disabling it will render your system less secure.

  • Open the Control Panel, type in user account in the search box, and press [Enter].
  • You’ll see the link for Turn User Access Control (UAC) on or off. Click it.
  • Uncheck the box, reboot your computer, and you will no longer be bothered by UAC.

There is an even faster way to disable UAC from the command line: use

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /k%windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v
EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

For the security-conscious, I’d suggest an alternative method. In this one, only the UAC of the Administrator account is disabled; other users will go through the same security mechanism as before. Open the Registry Editor and go to


Create a 32-bit DWORD ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin and set its value to 0. Restart. What actually happens here is, you elevate the privilege level for the administrator.

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