How to Disable UAC in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to disable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 11. UAC is enabled by default in Windows 11 and it’s there to help prevent potentially harmful programs from making changes to your computer.

With UAC enabled, Windows will prompt always for consent for a valid local administrator account before performing tasks that requires a full administrator access token. This ensures that regular users without administrative rights can not make damaging changes to Windows.

The message you get is “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?

There are four levels or approval modes of UAC, with the very top mode being the straightest.

It is recommended that UAC should always be turned on or enabled, and for good reason. UAC can be annoying at times, and that why some people might want to turn it off because of the constant prompts to allow changes to be made when running administrative task, which can be intrusive.

With that said, you should always have UAC enabled. However, if you have to temporarily disable it for whatever reason, be sure to re-enable it when you’re done.

How to turn off User Control Access in Windows 11

As mentioned above, you should not do this in normal circumstances. If you’re specific needs to turn off in a limited faction, use the steps below.

There are multiple ways to disable or turn off UAC in Windows 11. However, the easiest and recommended way is to use the Control Panel.

Click on Start, then search for “Control Panel”. Select to open the Control Panel app.

In the Control Panel, select User Accounts. On the next screen, select User Accounts once more.

On the user profile settings pane, click the “Change User Account Control settings” as highlighted below.

On the settings pane, drag the button to the very bottom, to Never notify, and then select OK.

You will get one last UAC prompt to allow the changes. Choose Yes.

That will turn off UAC in Windows 11 for your account.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable User Account Control (UAC).

There are other ways to turn off UAC in Windows. One can disable in the Local Security Policy as well as in the system registry. But these methods for for more advanced users.

How to enable UAC in Windows 11

If UAC is disabled and you want to enable it, reverse the steps above by searching for and selecting the Control Panel apps, and going to User Accounts ==> User Accounts ==> Change User Account Control settings ==> slide the button to the middle to “Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer (default)

Click OK to apply your changes and exit.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to turn off UAC when using Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.