Disable UAC (User Account Control)

Windows Server 2008

Type secpol.msc into Start-Run to open the Local Security Policy snap-in.

Expand the Local PolicesSecurity Options folder.

Scroll down to
"User Account Control: Behaviour of the elevation prompt for administrator"

Double click and set to: "Elevate without prompting".

Then Restart the computer.

Local security policy

Alternatively this can be set in the registry (then reboot to apply)

Regedit script:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin"=dword:00000000

Or with Powershell:

PS HKLM:\> New-ItemProperty "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" -Name "ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin" -Value 00000000 -PropertyType "DWord"

Setting "Elevate without prompting' as above will not completely disable UAC, it just removes the annoying popup prompts.
To disable UAC entirely, disable the setting:
User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode
"EnableLUA"=dword:00000000
This is not recommended as it will compromise security.

“The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage” ~ Thucydides

Related

Other UAC Group Policy Settings with Registry Keys.


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