Howto turn Windows 8 UAC really off

27 02 2013

I found some valuable information about turning UAC in Windows 8 really off. By „really“ I mean that UAC is still partially active in Windows 8 even when move the slider to „Never notify“ in the „User Account Control Settings“ panel.

Essentially you have to change the following registry value and reboot:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableLUA=0 (DWORD)

Unfortunately this breaks accessibility to the Windows Store so a better solution is this:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableLUA=1 (back to default)
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin=0 (default is 2)
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableUIADesktopToggle=1 (default is 0)

More information about Windows 8 UAC here: