How to check UAC – User Account Control is enabled or disabled

25 February,2015 by Jack Vamvas

Answer: User Account Control (UAC) is a security component that enables users to perform activities as  non-administrators (called standard users), and as administrators without having to  log off or use Run As.

When a user account is part of the Local Administrator group  , in reality the user performs most tasks as a standard user. Separating the non-administrative and administrative tasks , decreases the security  risk.  Malicious software can exploit  UAC being disabled. Malicious software can be installed without any notification

As a DBA discuss with your system administrator the organisation policy regarding UAC

How to check if UAC is enabled or disabled

Check the Registry Key  

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableLUA

If the registry key is set to 0 - it's disabled . 1 - enabled

Or use the GUI

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Author: Jack Vamvas (http://www.sqlserver-dba.com)


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