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How to properly disable UAC using the registry on Win 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1

    How to properly disable UAC using the registry on Win 8.1


    I'm trying to fully disable User Account Control on Windows 8.1 using regedit.exe, but changing ENABLELUA value from 1 to 0 ( enablelua is located on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System) is not working anymore.


    I've used this trick on Windows 8.0 and it worked, but it is not working on Windows 8.1 and I dont know why.

    Is there any other way to fully disable UAC on windows 8.1?

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  2. #2


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    You do not want to disable the UAC. It is there for layered protection. With Windows 8.x.x now. It is very silent and just stands back in the background watching things. Just like a security guard at a job site.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Not to mention that if you disable UAC using that method, it will break and prevent you from being able to open modern apps and screens.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 6
    Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1


    I don't care for metro/modern apps! The problem is that UAC is so annoying, giving me useless warnings that i don't need. And if I dont disable it via regedit.exe it keeps sending these messages asking for admin rights when i try to copy a file to C: drive or modify a file in it. Even if I disable UAC on control panel, the only way to stop these messages is via the registry.

    I found a solution, just open the registry and go to the same path that enablelua is located (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System) and change EnableSecureUIAPaths value to 0. Solved the problem to me, no more warnings.

    I'm just posting here the solution that i found by myself a few weeks ago.
    Last edited by Brink; 24 Apr 2014 at 11:12. Reason: cleaned up language
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  5. #5


    Detroit
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by JMC1 View Post
    I don't care for metro/modern apps! The problem is that UAC is so annoying, giving me useless warnings that i don't need. And if I dont disable it via regedit.exe it keeps sending these messages asking for admin rights when i try to copy a file to C: drive or modify a file in it. Even if I disable UAC on control panel, the only way to stop these messages is via the registry.

    I found a solution, just open the registry and go to the same path that enablelua is located (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System) and change EnableSecureUIAPaths value to 0. Solved the problem to me, no more warnings.

    I'm just posting here the solution that i found by myself a few weeks ago.

    Does this disable UAC or just the notifcations?
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  6. #6


    Detroit
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    i found this, if it helps?

    you can also disable it using regedit/registry so that it persists through all versions of windows.
    keys are as follows to turn it off

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin: 0x00000000

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableLUA: 0x00000000

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\PromptOnSecureDesktop: 0x00000000

    HKU\CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{C8E6F269-B90A-4053-A3BE-499AFCEC98C4}.check.0\CheckSetting: 23 00 41 00 43 00 42 00 6C 00 6F 00 62 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00


    to turn it back on(to highest) with the following

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin: 0x00000002

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableLUA: 0x00000001

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\PromptOnSecureDesktop: 0x00000001

    HKU\CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{C8E6F269-B90A-4053-A3BE-499AFCEC98C4}.check.0\CheckSetting: 23 00 41 00 43 00 42 00 6C 00 6F 00 62 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 80 00 00 00 41 00 70 00 7A A2 40 BF B6 AA CF 01 00 00 00 00 7B 00 43 00 38 00 45 00 36 00 46 00 32 00 36 00 39 00 2D 00 42 00 39 00 30 00 41 00 2D 00 34 00 30 00 35 00 33 00 2D 00 41 00 33 00 42 00 45 00 2D 00 34 00 39 00 39 00 41 00 46 00 43 00 45 00 43 00 39 00 38 00 43 00 34 00 7D 00 2E 00 6E 00 6F 00 74 00 69 00 66 00 69 00 63 00 61 00 74 00 69 00 6F 00 6E 00 2E 00 31 00 00 00 50 00 69 00 6E 00 6E 00 65 00 64
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  7. #7


    I shut uac down because it kept throwing pop ups on my screen asking me 'do you really want to do this' - well? Yes? otherwise I wouldn't be doing it!

    My AVG does a similar job and keeps an eye on me, so why use both.
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