How to disable User Account Control (UAC)


To disable User Account Control (UAC):

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 

  1. Select Start > Control Panel
  2. Select User Accounts > Turn User Account Control on or off
  3. Deselect Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer and click OK
  4. Reboot the machine for changes to take effect
 

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

  1. Select Start > Control Panel
  2. Select User Accounts > Change User Account Control settings
  3. Move the slider bar down to the Never notify selection and click OK
  4. Reboot the machine for changes to take effect
 

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 / 2016

  1. Select Start > Control Panel 
  2. Click System Security
  3. Under Action Center, choose Change User Account Control settings
  4. Move the slider bar down to the Never notify selection and click OK
  5. Reboot the machine for changes to take effect

Alternatively on All Microsoft Windows versions that support UAC - Fully Disable UAC from PowerShell
  1. Select Start > Run > type: powershell > Ok
  2. Copy/Paste this command in the PowerShell prompt: New-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system -Name EnableLUA -PropertyType DWord -Value 0 -Force
  3. Reboot the machine for changes to take effect
  4. Make sure UAC is disabled by navigating to a restricted folder 
  5. Start > Run C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Config > Ok
  6. If the system doesn't prompt you for Administrative access - UAC has been successfully disabled

Note:  Often times the UAC doesn't completely get disabled, in Server 2012, by simply selecting Never notify in the user interface.  Instead you will have to fully disable it in the registry. Refer to this article to disable via the registry: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/13953.windows-server-2012-deactivating-uac.aspx