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Disable UAC

Problem:

User Account Control is a Windows feature that helps you take control of your programs. When an application is trying to perform any task requiring administrator-level permission, UAC prompts you for confirmation. However, certain programs may require disabling User Account Control (UAC) to allow standard users without administrative privileges to run it.

Solution:

You may disable UAC for the currently logged in account, by consulting the this Microsoft article. However, it may happen you have disabled UAC for one of your users, under which you are executing applications with the Run as Administrator command. In such a case, despite disabling UAC for that user, the Administrator account has still UAC enabled.

Therefore, you may consider disabling the User Account Control system-wide. To do so, please follow the steps below:

Before you go further, ensure you are logged in as a user with administrative privileges. Otherwise, you will not be able to make necessary changes to Windows Registry. 

  1. Open Windows Registry editor (regedit.exe).
  2. Go to to the following registry key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  3. Create new registry entries:
    • EnableLinkedConnections of DWORD type, decimal value 1
    • LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy of DWORD type, decimal value 1
  4. Modify the following existing entries:
    • EnableLUA of DWORD type, decimal value 0
    • ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin of DWORD type, decimal value 0
    • ConsentPromptBehaviorUser of DWORD type, decimal value 0
  5. Restart the computer to apply the changes.

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