How to change User Account Control settings on Windows 10

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User Account Control settings help protect your Windows system from potential threats, such as malware from making harmful changes to your computer.

By default, Windows 10 User Account Control settings is set to “Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer”.

This means you will be notified when programs try to install software or make changes to your system. But it won’t notify you when changes are made to Windows settings. It will also freeze other tasks until you respond.

However, if you want to tighten measures or disable this feature, here are two ways to find User Account Control settings on Windows 10.

Option 01 – Windows 10 Search

Step 01: Type “UAC” or “User Account Control settings” into Windows 10 search.

Three ways to search Windows 10 include:

  • Right Click the Start Menu icon on the taskbar and select “Search”.
  • Open the Start Menu and start typing – this will automatically open search.
  • If enabled, use the search bar in your taskbar.

Step 02: Then select “Change User Account Control settings” which should appear in the search results.

Step 03: User Account Control settings will open and you can change the slider to your preference.

You may have to confirm your computer’s administrator password to change settings.

Option 02 – Control Panel

Step 01: Open “Control Panel”

Either type “Control Panel” into Windows 10 search or open the Start Menu, view all apps, scroll to the start menu folder called “Windows System”, click it and then select “Control Panel”.

Step 02: Select “User Accounts” from the list

If not visible, change the “view by” option (located above the items on the right) to large icons to show all Control Panel items.

Step 03: Click “Change User Account Control settings”

Step 04: User Account Control settings will open and you can change the slider to your preference.

You may have to confirm your computer’s administrator password to change settings.