This article describes how to turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off in Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista.

User Account Control (UAC) is a Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista security feature that helps prevent the automatic installation of unauthorized applications and unintended changes to systems settings. Disabling UAC may create a security risk on your computer. For more information, please refer to How to use User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista or, for Windows 8 or 7, What are User Account Control settings? on Microsoft’s Help and Support web site. You may also want to consult your system administrator.

Note: Newer versions of QuickBooks Desktop are designed to function with UAC enabled. If UAC is not enabled, you may receive error messages or experience problems using certain features of QuickBooks.

Detailed instructions

To turn UAC ON or OFF:

Windows 10, 8 and 7

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows + E to open the Computer window.
    In Windows 8, also click Computer at the top of the window.
  2. Click Open Control Panel.
  3. Click the View by drop-down arrow and select Large icons.
  4. Click User Accounts.
  5. Click Change User Account Settings.
    Note: If prompted by UAC, click Yes to continue.
  6. Move the slider:
    1. Set to Never Notify to turn UAC OFF 
    2. Click OK.
    3. Set to Always Notify to turn UAC ON
    4. Click OK
      If prompted by UAC, click Yes to continue.
  7. Restart your computer.

Windows Vista

  1. Click the Windows Start button, and then click Control Panel.
  2. If it is not already selected, click Classic View in the left side of the window.
  3. Double-click User Accounts.
  4. Click Turn User Account Control on or off.
  5. Select or clear Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer, and then click OK.
  6. Restart your computer.