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Change User Account Control (UAC) in Windows

Learn how to change the User Account Control (UAC) settings in Windows.

UAC improves security for all users. The main purpose of it is to protect the computer and reduce the exposure and attack surface of the operating system. An administrator can run most applications, components, and processes with limited privilege. But also has the ability to elevate or increase the privilege for specific administrative computer tasks and application functions.

We show you how to change the UAC settings.

Note While turning UAC off may be necessary when troubleshooting QuickBooks Desktop issues, it's highly recommended that you turn it back on to prevent security risks on your computer.

Here's how to change UAC settings (Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7).

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows+R to open the Run window.
  2. Type Control Panel. Then select OK.
  3. Select User Accounts. Then select User Accounts (Classic View).
  4. Select Change user account control settings. (Note: If you are prompted by UAC, select Yes to continue).
  5. Move the slider.
    • Set to Never Notify and select OK to turn UAC OFF
    • Set to Always Notify and select OK to turn UAC ON ( Note: if prompted by UAC, select Yes to continue.)
  6. Restart the computer.

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