Disable User Account Control (UAC) the Easy Way on Win 7, 8, or 10

If you’ve been using Windows for a while, you likely remember how annoying the User Account Control (UAC) was when it first popped up in Windows Vista. We showed you back then how to disable it, and you can still disable it in Windows 8 and 10. Here’s how.

RELATED: Why You Shouldn’t Disable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows

A word of warning first, though. We actually recommend that you not disable the UAC. You’ll end up with a less secure PC (and we’ve written a great guide explaining that very thing). If you always disable it on a new Windows installation, you might want to give it another try. The UAC on Windows 8 and 10 is much more streamlined and less annoying than than it used to be. That said, we’re not here to tell you what to do.

In Windows 7, 8, or 10, hit Start, type “uac” into the search box, and then click the “Change User Account Control settings” result. On Windows 8, you’ll use the Start screen (instead of the Start menu), and you’ll have to change your search to “settings” but it still works basically the same.

In the “User Account Control Settings” window, drag the slider all the way down to the “Never Notify” setting. Click “OK” when you’re done.

Pretty simple.

Also note that you don’t have to turn UAC all the way off. Here are the settings you can apply with the slider:

Like we said, we strongly encourage you not to turn off UAC. It’s what makes it safe for you to run an administrator account as your daily user account. But, if you’re determined to turn it off, at least now you know how easy it is.

Walter Glenn
Walter Glenn is the Editorial Director for How-To Geek and its sister sites. He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry and over 20 years as a technical writer and editor. He's written hundreds of articles for How-To Geek and edited thousands. He's authored or co-authored over 30 computer-related books in more than a dozen languages for publishers like Microsoft Press, O'Reilly, and Osborne/McGraw-Hill. He's also written hundreds of white papers, articles, user manuals, and courseware over the years. Read Full Bio »