User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode
Updated: November 15, 2012
Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8
This security policy reference topic for the IT professional describes the best practices, location, values, policy management and security considerations for this policy setting.
This policy setting determines the behavior of all User Account Control (UAC) policies for the entire system. This is the setting that turns UAC on or off.
Admin Approval Mode and all other UAC policies are dependent on this option being enabled. Changing this setting requires restarting the system.
Admin Approval Mode and all related UAC policies are disabled.
If this security setting is configured to Disabled, the Security Center notifies the user that the overall security of the operating system has been reduced.
Enable this policy to allow all other UAC features and policies to function.
GPO_name\Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options
The following table lists the actual and effective default values for this policy. Default values are also listed on the policy’s property page.
Server type or GPO
Default Domain Policy
Default Domain Controller Policy
Stand-Alone Server Default Settings
DC Effective Default Settings
Member Server Effective Default Settings
Client Computer Effective Default Settings
There are no differences in this security policy between operating systems beginning with Windows Vista.
This section describes features and tools that are available to help you manage this policy.
A restart of the computer is required before this policy will be effective when changes to this policy are saved locally or distributed through Group Policy.
This policy has no impact in Windows operating systems earlier than Windows Vista.
This section describes how an attacker might exploit a feature or its configuration, how to implement the countermeasure, and the possible negative consequences of countermeasure implementation.
This is the setting that turns UAC on or off. If this setting is disabled, UAC is not used, and any security benefits and risk mitigations that are dependent on UAC are not present on the computer.
Enable the User Account Control: Run all users, including administrators, as standard users setting.
Users and administrators must learn to work with UAC prompts and adjust their work habits to use least privilege operations.