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How To: Disable UAC
Posted by Panagiotis Mantzouranis on 05 February 2018 04:17 PM

User Account Control (UAC) is a technology and security infrastructure introduced with Microsoft's Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems.

It aims to improve the security of Microsoft Windows by limiting application software to standard user privileges until an administrator authorizes an increase or elevation.



This limitation can create problems to gizmo service when running as a service. It can also create problems to Gizmo client, since it requires administrator privileges to perform certain functions.

For this reason we strongly advise you to disable UAC on all computers running Gizmo (Service & client).


Windows Vista & Server 2008

  1. Press Windows+R keys
  2. Type msconfig
  3. Click OK
  4. Select Tools tab
  5. Select Disable UAC
  6. Click Launch
  7. Close Command Prompt once the screen displays operation completed
  8. Click OK
  9. Restart the computer

Windows 7 & Server 2010

  1. Press Windows+R keys
  2. Type useraccountcontrolsettings
  3. Click OK
  4. Move the slider bar to Never notify
  5. Click OK
  6. Click Yes if prompted
  7. Restart the computer

Windows 8, 10, & Server 2012

Note: In Windows 8 and 10, the above procedure does not fully disable UAC, only reduces its functionality; completely disabling UAC is done through the Windows Registry or Group Policy Editor.

Disable UAC in Registry -- Back up the registry first 

  1. Press Windows+R keys
  2. Type regedit
  3. Click OK
  4. Click Yes if prompted
  5. Select File, Export, and then save a backup somewhere you will remember
  6. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  7. In the right pane, double-click EnableLUA
  8. Change Value Data to 0
  9. Click OK
  10. Close Registry Editor 
  11. Restart the computer

Note: To re-enable UAC, repeat these steps, but on Step 8 change Value Data to 1

You can also download a registry script that will modify the key. Link

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