[HOW TO] Disable UAC completely

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Serial Thrilla, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. Serial Thrilla

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    #1 Serial Thrilla, Oct 16, 2012
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    Howdy respected My Digital Life Forums community members and staff!

    UAC is the worst thing in the Windows history and it isn't so easy to disable it on Windows 8 as it was on Windows 7 or Windows Vista. When you believe that you've disabled it by doing the same things you've done on Windows Vista or Windows 7 you are wrong! UAC is still running and it is getting really annoying when working on Windows 8. The salvation is here :D.


    Here is the solution:

    1. Open "Run" (Windows + R or in the Metro UI menu), type "regedit" and hit enter.
    2. Go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System".
    3. On the right side find "EnableLUA" and change it to from 1 to 0.
    4. Reboot your system and UAC is completely disabled.

    Warning: Metro Apps won't work after this (lmao I don't even use them).


    That's it after all :).
     
  2. Mr Jinje

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  3. Matt A. Tobin

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    The PC Settings "app" will still run as will live tiles if you disable UAC. I find elevate without prompting to be the best compromise between full on UAC and turning it off though.
     
  4. Mr Jinje

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  5. Shayne

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    Just a bit over the top for me sorry (joke to follow)

    We operated for years happily without virus programs or firewalls with no problems.
    What is malicious software and how many people have it? Is keygen.exe malicious as defender indicates? Is sandboxie a viable solution for running these risky files?
    If I make this change in regedit will the firewall and windows defender automatically stop functioning?
    How do people over the internet access my computer thru my gateway?

    Does only mircosoft and Norton want to control you with fear?

    If the second post concerns you or you want to run apps in metro please, for the love of god, don't do it! ;-)

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  6. Niekess

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    I see so many hate for UAC. Yet, I mostly never encounter or it or just not noticing it.. Serious, is it really that bad? :nono2:
     
  7. Shenj

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  8. 100

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    No, it isn't. The problem is people wanting to go back to the old ways of the "convenient" XP security model where you're running with full admin privileges all the time. UAC provides a way of selectively running programs with higher privileges, which is the way it should be done (it's just the Windows equivalent of "sudo").
    Running with UAC off is insecure because there's absolutely no reason to run potentially exploitable applications such as Adobe Reader or a web browser with admin privileges. Even on UNIX some programs refuse to run as "root", and with good reason.
     
  9. burfadel

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    If a program requests UAC, peopel either deny it when they are meant to allow it, or allow it, defeating the purpose of it in the first place :)

    But overall, I can't even even use the computer without EnableLUA disabled. I have a whole lot of files on several drives that were written under Windows 7, and nothing I can do will let me change those files under Windows 8. This includes the security permissions etc! I'm not the only person who has come across this, and it actually makes using the computer impossible for me as it's not something that you can say 'well just get used to it'. I also loathe the new UI. Without Aero glass the desktop view etc is just plain ugly, there may be one or two people that hate the removal of the proper start menu ;), and the metro UI (new start screen) is pathetically ugly (maybe you could get away with that level of ugliness in the late 90's). Some people say it's easier to find your stuff than the start menu. It's not. If you install a lot of programs they are just as hard to find in the new start screen, plus you see every damn icon from every folder in the start menu, so finding things actually becomes more difficult. Sure, you can sort the 'tiles', but you can also sort the start menu (which actually does pretty much the same thing).

    It is just a very, very bad business decision trying to make a desktop/laptop PC look the same as a small phone screen. To compound this, it was a very poor decision to remove Aero glass after the consumer preview 8400. The only thing I didn't like Aero Glass on was the top bar area of Internet Explorer and Firefox. With Firefox this is easy changed with using a persona (which I do). With IE, having it a solid colour is actually even worse than Aero, so again, very poor decision.

    To compound the ugliness is the auto colour (default). Wow that can make for some vomit producing colour choices. Sadly though I think Microsoft are going to be stubborn and not put back full Aero or redesign the new start screen for desktop use. If I were to have designed it, it would have been not only more useable, but significantly more attractive.
     
  10. Shenj

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    Until one does realize unless you run UAC on MAX security, there are several exploits, even public ones to avoid a UAC Popup and still run with full admin.. and the exact same exploits work on Windows8, that's not what i call secure.
    There is no reason for a Virus/Malware author to not make use of one, if it's still triggering UAC on max setting, well whatever! but it's not triggering on any other UAC setting, so thats success.
    Also don't forget you can run Applications in the context of a different User if you want to, nobody does that though.

    So if you plead for UAC, tell everyone to use the most annoying setting of UAC, as so far this is the only "secure" one.

    On Windows8, instead of breaking Metro completly by disabling LUA, try what Mr Jinje posted (2nd) http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...UAC-completely?p=649414&viewfull=1#post649414
    This should allow for some pretty good balance, if you need Admin.. start explorer as Admin and enjoy, once done switch back to non-elevated Explorer
     
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  11. Shayne

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    #11 Shayne, Oct 16, 2012
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    If M$ spent half the time educating people and reminding them to back up as they do trying to control their access to their hard drives it would make a lot more sense. The world is not such a bad scary place out there and the computer is the least of most of our security issues. Computer security is only as good as the locations and the numbers of your back ups! that's the bottom line. If that is taken care of then you can feel pretty secure. Hard drive failures are more common than a virus anyways. As far as popping up if I am sure I want to delete that or move this, that is just a crock of.

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  13. Mr Jinje

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  15. Mr GRiM

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    What is wrong with just disabling it in the user account settings, I always turn mine off straight after install and that seems good enough for me.

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  16. moderate

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    #16 moderate, Oct 17, 2012
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    Well, this will not turn-off entire UAC in Windows 8, UAC will still be enabled in Action Center.
    I am using PC from MS-DOS v6-2 times up to today and run all apps with admin rights and I have never experienced exploits (after all there were only two really massive ones in Windows history - Blaster and Sasser).
    I have just standard Windows Firewall and MSSE and of course I don't run "Big_tits.exe" or "Adobe_Crack.exe" files types. :)
    If I have to run something suspicious, I just run it in Virtual machine.
    I found UAC very annoying, I don't understand, how you guys can use your PC with all those confirmations.
    In Windows 8, when you will just lower that slider on the picture above, you still even can't delete single file from Program Files directory...

    It just requires to use your brain when using the PC and maybe steal the software a little bit less, so you will not need unknown cracks too much. Then you will not need UAC (to protect you against yourself).
     
  17. Mr GRiM

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    Thanks for the explanation, I wasn't aware that it was UAC that was making it so hard to copy and delete stuff from system folders, so if I disable this then I will never see you do not have permission to do such and such?
     
  18. moderate

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    #18 moderate, Oct 17, 2012
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    Yep, you will never see those messages again. Just set:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
    EnableLUA to 0...

    BTW: ...but as a side effect, Metro applications can't be runned with UAC disabled, only Immersive Control Panel (PC Settings) will work OK.

    ...after all, most systems are operated by single user, who owns the computer, so why to deny that user to delete/copy/move his own files? :))
     
  19. Shayne

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    How many viruses, malware, poorly written programs have you had on your computers since DOS? What are virus programs for? The control should be down graded and allow admin IT to enable them for users in larger corporations. Not choke the average user. This ridiculous amount of control is what is causing the action by the public like this post. You appear to preaching your fear to the wrong crowd.

    Regards