How to Disable/Turn off User Account Control in Windows 10 (2020)

Previously, Windows users were used to working with administrator and standard user accounts, for security purpose. A standard user account has less access than the administrator account and this is the reason that most of the applications don’t run properly with a standard user account. Running all the applications with the administrative account is also not a good idea, because the malicious software can take over the entire system. The only way out was to run the applications as an administrator. Switching between user accounts was irritating. This security architecture problem has been solved in the latest Windows.

What is User Account Control?

User account control or UAC is a feature of the Windows operating system which monitors and prevents unauthorized changes to the system. These changes may be caused by any user action, or initiated by a virus or malware, or requested by any application. It is very essential for the security of the system.

It simply makes sure that all the changes made in the system are authorized by the administrator. The users can use an administrator account for computing but all the applications that are running don’t have all the administrative rights. They need to ask before making any changes.

Apart from this User Account Control has does something secretly, that the users are not aware of. For example, some applications wanted to write files in the program files folder, these programs cannot be run in a standard user account. UAC makes this possible by providing these programs, a virtual folder, the programs write files in the virtual folder assuming that they are writing in the Program File folder.

How does User Account Control (UAC) work?

When any applications try to initiate a change or the virus tries to change any of the settings, or the user clicks the executable file of some software, then UAC activates, and a prompt window is popped up.

If you have logged in with the administrator account then, the prompt only asks for permission to make changes to the system. The prompt includes, the name of the program that wants to make changes to the system, publisher of that program, and the origin of that file.

If you have logged in with a non-administrative user account, then the prompt will be different and in this case, it requests for the administrator pin or password.

Until the pin or password is entered, the requested change cannot be made. There is a link “show more details” on the prompt. If you click on that link, then more details will be displayed like the exact location of the file and the publisher’s certificate.

What are User Account Control (UAC) levels?

In the older Windows, there were only two options for User account control, which were “On” and “Off”. However, there are four levels of UAC in the newer versions of Windows 10.

  1. Always notify when:
    • Apps try to install or make changes to my computer.
    • I make changes to the Windows setting.

At the level, you are notified or asked for the administrator password whenever applications or users want to make changes. When UAC pops up its prompt box, the desktop is dimmed to divert the user’s attention. So that he makes the choice wisely. As soon as the user clicks “Yes”, the change starts to execute. This is the most annoying level of UAC.

  1. Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer, (this is the default):
    • Don’t notify me when I make changes to the Windows setting.

This is the default level of UAC. Here you are only notified when programs want to make changes to the system and will not prompt if you make any changes to the Windows settings. It is less annoying and secure.

  1. Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop):
    • Don’t notify me when I make changes to the Windows setting.

This works the same as the previous level but whenever UAC prompts, it does not dim the desktop. This is a preference that can be chosen by the user.

  1. Never notify me when:
    • Apps try to install software or make changes to my computer.
    • I make changes to the Windows setting.

This is the least secure level and it is simply disabling UAC, after choosing this level the system will never notify any changes that any program or user wants to make.

How to Disable/Turn Off User Account Control in Windows 10?

It is very easy to disable the user account control in Windows 10. You just need to follow the following steps:

  • Step 1:

Open Control Panel, from the start menu.

  • Step 2:

Choose your user account for which you want to change settings.

  • Step 3:

Click on User Accounts. You will see several links. Click on the link, “Change User Account Control Settings”

  • Step 4:

Click on the desired User Account Control level and Click “OK”

You may be asked to confirm your choice or requested the administrator pin or password.

Is it safe to disable User Account Control?

User account control seems annoying to some users, this is the reason that they choose to disable it, but this is really not a good practice as it is an important security feature. This keeps your system safe from all the security problems. Once you disable you User Account Control, everyone and everything can make changes to your computer without any permission. In this way the security loopholes in the applications will allow malicious programs to be installed in the system and harm. Any virus can generate any operation without user consent. So it is very important to configure User Account Control wisely and avoid to disable this feature completely.

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