Disable/Turn off User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 8

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Microsoft has introduced a feature called User Account Control (UAC) since the launch of Windows Vista. This is feature is also available in the new Windows 8. Basically, UAC functions to prompt you upon making any changes on the system and serves as an important aspect to provide better and improved security in Microsoft Windows. Disabling the feature will lead your system exposed to the dark side of the Internet and malwares. But, the prompt keep on nagging users by popping out the permission screens every time when you are indulge in work. Here is the tutorial how you can disable the UAC permission prompts in Windows 8.

Disable Turn off User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 8

If you are quite sure about that your computer won’t be at risk if you disable the function or you have a good Anti-virus running on your system, then you can turn off the UAC.

Though User Account Control (UAC) serves various important purposes in improving system security, but if the permissions screen keeps nagging while you are indulged in your Work, it really becomes irritating to be prompted by UAC every time you are in between your work, there you can disable the feature.

permission screen

Well turning the feature off is not recommended as it can leave your system vulnerable to the dark side of the Internet.
Once you adjust the security level or totally turn it off, you will never get prompted again upon installing programs or changing your system’s setting or disabling features, but your system is exposed to security threat as it leaves your system’s security wide open.

You should have administrative privileges before making any changes in the permission level of turn it off.

How to Disable/Turn off User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 8

Follow the steps described below to turn off UAC prompts in your Windows 8 system.

  • Launch Control Panel either from the start screen tile or by holding down Windows Key + X on your keyboard to open Windows 8 Tools Menu and select Control Panel from the menu that appears

open control panel win8

  • Under Control Panel Window, select User Account and Family Safety

users accounts and family-safety

  • Next, click User Accounts under User Account and Family Safety

user accounts

  • Now, click on Change User Account Control settings

change user account control settings

  • You can now see a scroll bar on the screen, set three-quarters of the way up to Windows’ Default setting. To disable User Account Control, slide the scroll bar down; to increase its strictness, slide it up

disable uac slider win8

However, the scroll bar offers four settings that are discussed below.

Always Notify Me When: On enabling this setting, you indeed have a very secure PC but a very difficult work environment stuffed with false alarms.
Default: This setting is a nice balance between safe and nag-free.
Notify Me Only When Apps Try to Make Changes to My Computer (Do Not Dim My Desktop): This works like the Default setting but doesn’t blacken the desktop during a warning. This only makes the warning less noticeable.
Never Notify: This not a secure option. This disables permission screens, giving you no warning when programs including the malicious ones make changes on your system. You need to restart your PC before it takes effect.

  • Choose the setting according to your comfort level and finally, click hit OK to apply the changes.

Well the Default level provides a good balance between security and comfort.

Upon following the steps described above you can now get rid of the UAC permission prompts by disabling the User Account Control in Windows 8.


Priyanka contributes to the Computer and Gadgets section on Techcular.

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