Vista: Disable or Enable User Access Protection / Control (UAP or UAC)

Posted April 23, 2006 by Hack_Vista in Microsoft Vista

Vista allows users to run programs under a lesser privileged, non-administrator account. In the long run, this will be much safer. During this transition period, it can be painful. Here’s how to turn it on or turn it off.


Please don’t be confused. Many people call this User Access Protection and others call it User Access Control. It’s the darking of the screen and confirmation prompting prior to performing many activities that is an increased security mechanism by microsoft.

Enable or Disable UAP/UAC:

1. Click Start
2. Click Control Panel
3. Select System and Maintenance
4. Click Administrative Tools
5. Double-click System Configuration
6. Click Continue (if prompted)
7. Select the Tools tab in the System Configuration window
8. Here you can choose Disable UAP or Enable UAP from the bottom of the listbox
9. Click Launch
10. Reboot to see effect

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