Disabling UAC/LUA fully in Windows 10 and Server 2012 Follow

The User Access Control (UAC) feature in Windows 10 and Server 2012 & 2012 R2 has a higher level of security than previous versions. Even when UAC is turned down to its lowest setting, some program features may not run correctly without being started As Administrator. The internal name for UAC is the Limited User Account (LUA) feature. The following document covers how to disable the LUA feature completely by changing a Registry setting.

Set UAC to its lowest setting through the GUI

Open the Control Panel, and locate and launch the User Accounts applet.

Click on the Change User Account Control settings link.

Move the options slider down to Never Notify, to change the UAC option to its lowest setting.

Close the UAC window and the User Accounts window.

Reboot the computer

Disable LUA in the Registry

Open a Command Prompt using the CMD command. Inside of the Command Prompt window, launch the Registry Editor using the regedit command.

Expand each of the following sections:

  • Microsoft
  • Windows
  • CurrentVersion
  • Policies

Click on the System Key.

In the right-hand panel, look for EnableLUA. Double-click on this entry, and change the Value data from 1 to 0.

Close the Registry Editor

Reboot the computer one more time to complete the disabling process.

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