How to disable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista

User Account Control (UAC) is a new built-in security feature in Windows Vista. Its purpose is to reduce the damage a potential threat can cause. It does this by asking you for permission when trying to do certain tasks in Windows that require elevating rights! Needless to say, it can become quite troublesome if you’re performing frequent software installations or tweaking your system settings.

Luckily, UAC can be disabled, and there are number of ways to do it. Here’s how:

Method 1 – Using mcsonfig

  • Click Start, click Run
  • Type msconfig and click OK (System Configuration Utility will open)
  • Click the Tools tab (See pic below)


  • Scroll towards the bottom of the list and click Disable UAC.
  • Then click the Launch button (located near the bottom right corner). 
  • This will require a re-boot.

Method 2 – Using Control Panel

  • Click Start, goto Control Panel
  • In the search text box near the top right of the screen type user account control (See pic below)


  • Simply click Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off
  • Set it to off
  • Again, this may require a reboot.

NOTE: There are other ways to disable UAC. One is to use registry editor (regedit), the other is to use group policy. These are slightly more complicated than the above mentioned. The methods listed above should suffice for most users!

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