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    User Account Control (UAC) - Change Settings in Windows 8

    User Account Control (UAC) - Change Settings in Windows 8
    How to Change User Account Control (UAC) Settings in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    How to Change User Account Control (UAC) Settings in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    User Account Control (UAC) helps prevent potentially harmful programs from making changes to your computer by notifying you before changes are made to your PC that require administrator-level (elevated) permission.

    By default, UAC is set to notify you whenever apps try to make changes to your PC, but you can change how often UAC notifies you.

    Accessibility devices or appsósuch as screen readersówork best with either the Always notify me or the Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer UAC setting.


    This will show you how to change the User Account Control (UAC) settings for when to be notified about changes to your computer in Windows 8.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    This table describes each UAC setting and how it can impact your PC's security.

    Setting Description Security impact
    Always notify me
    • You'll be notified before apps make changes to your PC or to Windows settings that require administrator permissions.
    • When you're notified, your screen will be dimmed, and you must either approve or deny the request in the UAC dialog box before you can do anything else on your PC.

    • This is the most secure setting.
    • When you're notified, you should carefully read the contents of each dialog box before allowing changes to be made to your PC.
    • See Warning box below.
    Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer (default)
    • You'll be notified before apps make changes to your PC that require administrator permissions.
    • You'll be notified if an app tries to make changes to a Windows setting.
    • You won't be notified if you try to make changes to Windows settings that require administrator permissions.

    • It's usually safe to allow changes to be made to Windows settings without you being notified. However, certain apps that come with Windows can have commands or data passed to them, and malicious software can take advantage of this by using these apps to install files or change settings on your PC. You should always be careful about which apps you allow to run on your PC.
    Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer (don't dim my desktop)
    • You'll be notified before apps make changes to your PC that require administrator permissions.
    • You'll be notified if an app tries to make changes to a Windows setting.
    • You won't be notified if you try to make changes to Windows settings that require administrator permissions.

    • This setting is the same as "Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer," but your desktop won't get dimmed.
    • If you choose this option, other apps might be able to interfere with the visual appearance of the UAC dialog box. This is a security risk, especially if there's malware on your PC.
    Never notify me
    • You won't be notified before any changes are made to your PC. If you're signed in as an administrator, apps can make changes to your PC without your knowledge.
    • If you're signed in as a standard user, any changes that require administrator permissions will automatically be denied.

    • This is the least secure setting. When you set UAC to never notify, you open up your PC to potential security risks.
    • If you set UAC to never notify, you should be careful about which apps you run, because they'll have the same access to the PC as you do. This includes reading and making changes to protected system areas, your personal data, saved files, and anything else stored on the PC. Apps will also be able to communicate and transfer info to and from anything your PC connects with, including the Internet.

    warning   Warning
    If you set UAC to Always notify me, then you will not be able to use the refresh and reset Windows 8 features. These features require UAC to be set to the default or lower level to work.

    DO NOT use the old Windows 7 and Vista method of setting the EnableLUA registry DWORD to 0 (zero) to completely disable UAC. If you do this in Windows 8, it will break modern apps preventing them from being able to run until EnableLUA is set back to 1 and restart the computer. Use the steps in the tutorial below instead for Windows 8.

    Setting the EnableLUA registry DWORD to 0 (zero) will also disable Protected Mode in Internet Explorer which means that you will also not be able to have 64-bit IE10 until EnableLUA is set back to 1 and restart the computer.


    EXAMPLE: User Account Control (UAC) Prompt

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    OPTION ONE
    To Change UAC Settings in User Accounts

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the User Accounts icon.

    2. Click/tap on the Change User Account Control settings link. (see screenshot below)

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    3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    4. Move the slider up or down to the setting for how you want to be notified by UAC, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

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    5. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    6. When finished, you can close the User Accounts window.






    OPTION TWO
    To Change UAC Settings using a REG File Download

    1. Do step 2, 3, 4, or 5 below for how you want to be notified by UAC.


    2. For "Always notify me"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    UAC_Always_Notify.reg

    download

    3. For "Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer (default)"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    UAC_Default.reg

    download

    4. For "Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer (don't dim my desktop)"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    UAC_Do-Not-Dim.reg

    download

    5. For "Never notify me"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    UAC_Never_Notify.reg

    download

    6. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    7. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    8. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    9. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




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    I have tried using this method. UAC is turned down all of the way. I only have one account and the permissions are Full Control. I'm trying to move the Windows.old folder and it still says I need Administrator Permission. HELP!
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    Hello Scran, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    In Windows 8, UAC is never fully turned off even with it set to "Never Notify". This is because if UAC was fully disabled, it would break the Store and Store apps preventing them from running until enabled again.

    If you like, you could enable the built-in elevated "Administrator" account, sign in to it, and be able to do so without being prompted by UAC since this is an account with elevated rights. Of course, the Store and Store apps will not run in an elevated account though.

    Your normal unelevated administrator account needs to approve through a UAC prompt to allow something to run elevated.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    I already had the administrative account active. You can do that in Computer Management. I tried to delete the folder using that account but I keep getting "You require permission from SYSTEM to make changes".

    If I try activating the administrative account using "net user administrator /active:yes", I get "System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied".
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    Ah, I thought you wanted to "move" it. The tutorial below will show you how to properly "delete" the Windows.old folder instead.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8
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    I was going to move it but I decided I'd just delete it since I don't need it. I tried everything you suggested but I keep getting "Access Denied". Why the heck do I have Administrative Rights and I can't do a simple thing like delete a folder? Microsoft, get your act together.
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    One more thing you can try is to take ownership of and set permissions to "Allow" your account "Full Control" of the Windows.old folder and it's contents to see if you may be able to delete it then.

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8

    or

    (Option Three)
    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8
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    I managed to delete everything but 2 instances of Flash64_11_5_502_146.ocx. 1 is in System32 and the other in SYSwow64. I have no idea why this doesn't work on them.
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    You could try using the free program Unlocker to see if it may be able to delete them.
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    GEEZ, I finally got everything deleted. Microsoft needs to add another security level called "God Mode". I couuld have gotten all of this done in a few minutes. Thanks for all of your help Brink.
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