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How To Tweak Or Disable UAC In Vista

About two months ago, I wrote a post on how to easily tweak or disable UAC with a Vista freeware that called TweakUAC. Indeed, the coder should also call it as EasyUAC!

TweakUAC in a clean and tidy interface with 3 options to disable, suppress UAC elevation prompt, or re-enable Vista UAC.

TweakUAC is a Vista-compatible freeware utility that is used to easily turn off or enable Windows Vista UAC, or to enable the Vista UAC and suppress the annoying privilege prompt.

In fact, without using 3rd party freeware such as TweakUAC, Windows Vista itself is not short of interfaces to tweak or disable UAC!
Tweak or disable UAC from System Configuration
Press Windows + R keyboard shortcut to bring up Vista Run command dialog box,

Type msconfig and press OK button to open System Configuration dialog box,

Click on the Tools tab, locate and highlight the Disable UAC or Enable UAC tool, press the Launch button.
Tweak or disable UAC from Command Prompt
I don’t create these commands on myself. In fact, I copy them directly from the System Configuration utility:

Command to disable UAC in Vista Command Prompt:
%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Command to enable UAC in Vista Command Prompt:
%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Command to suppress Prompt For Consent (Consent UI):
%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Command to turn on Prompt For Consent (Consent UI):
%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

The Consent UI is turned on by default, to get user alerted and acknowledge it before elevating administrative privilege for processes that require it.
Tweak or disable UAC from keyboard shortcut or Hotkey
Create a Windows batch file (with bat file extension) to keep either disable UAC or enable UAC command line (above) and make a file shortcut to it,

Right-click the shortcut, click the Advanced button, tick the Run As Administrator check-box and press OK,

Click the Shortcut Key text-box and press F10 – to assign F10 as keyboard shortcut or hotkey to execute the Windows batch file created. Of course, you can use key other than F10, as long as the custom hotkey has not been used for other purpose.
Tweak or disable UAC from Vista Registry key
Also, these Vista Registry keys are referred to the commands at above. If you’re not comfortable with Registry editor (regedit.exe), just copy and paste the command into Command Prompt window to execute.

To disable UAC, locate this Registry key and set it to 0. To re-enable UAC, set EnableLUA to 1:

To automatically elevate administrative privilege without prompt for consent, locate this Registry key and set it to 0. To re-enable the default Prompt For Consent (Consent UI) for processes that require administrative privilege, set the ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin to 2:

Tweak or disable UAC from Control Panel
Locate and open up User Accounts in Control Panel,

Click on the “Turn User Account Control On Or Off” link,

Un-tick the “Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protects your computer” check-box and press OK
Tweak or disable UAC from Local Security Policy
Click the Vista Orb, type secpol.msc in the Start Search text box and press ENTER key to bring up Vista Local Security Policy editor,

On the left panel, click to expand Local Policies tree follow by Security Options,

On the right panel, scroll down to the bottom and change the security settings that related to User Account Control policies. All of them are quite straight-forward and easy to understand.

Tips: To read more information related to the Local Security Setting policies, double-click to open it and click on the Explain tab for more description or explanation about that policy as well as the respective configurable settings.

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  9. andy 10-07-10@03:23

    Unfortunately the is no Policies in the registry (HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableLUA)

  10. Russell 30-04-11@22:07

    will TweakUAC work on Windows 7

  11. Walker 30-04-11@22:15

    It works but Windows 7 already provides an intuitive interface to do so.

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