How to bring back the old User Account Control prompt on Windows 10

On Windows 10, Microsoft is not only adding new features and improvements, but it's also changing the look and feel of the operating system with a modern user-interface. Almost every time a new update rolls out, we can see some of these UI changes.

After installing the Anniversary Update, you might have noticed that Windows 10 has a new User Account Control (UAC) dialog box when an application needs administrative permissions or when you need to authenticate entering a username and password.

The new UAC prompt uses the same design language that Microsoft is using throughout the operating system and on the new Store apps. However, if you're not so enthusiastic about the new dialog prompt, Windows 10 allows you to go back to the old style.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to modify the registry to disable the new User Account Control dialog box, while bringing back the old experience.

How to bring back the old User Account Control prompt

Important: It's worth pointing out that modifying the registry can be dangerous. If you don't make the changes correctly, it can cause irreversible damage your installation of Windows 10. It's highly recommended to make a full backup of your system before proceeding. You've been warned!

To change the startup color for apps on Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command, type regedit, and click OK to open the registry.
  2. Browse the following path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\TestHooks
  3. Double-click the XamlCredUIAvailable DWORD and change its value from 1 to 0.
  4. Click OK.

  1. Close the registry to complete the task.

Reboot is not necessary to make this to work. Once you completed the steps mentioned above, simply to right-click an executable file and select Run as Administrator to see the old UAC prompt.

Old UAC prompt (left), new UAC prompt (right)

In case you want to revert the changes, simply follow the same instructions mentioned above, but this time on step 3, make sure to change the DWORD value from 0 to 1.

Do you prefer the new modern User Account Control dialog box or the old style? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

38 Comments
  • Don't forget that when you're changing things like this in the registry there could be future updates that either stop the change from working, or could possibly cause something to break down the line in the case that Microsoft assume nobody has messed with certain keys....It shouldn't happen, but you never know 100% whether they'll accounted for keys being changed to something unsupported.
  • Is there still the old? regrettable, when they will leave the dualities and let the system move?
  • A dialog box is a dialog box and I'm sure that a few other parts of Windows needs the functionality. 
  • tablet mode wil suck with the old style
  • More registry editing articles are welcome from WC.
  • Copy/paste error in text: "To change the startup color for apps..."
  • Sigh...Do people "like" or "dislike" the UAC prompt? I mean, I'd rather not see it again for the rest of my life, I guess someone could make a point for it's aesthetic value...But for UAC it's a bit of a stretch.
  • But if people don't care about changing the UAC prompt back they wouldn't be able to post this article :-p
  • I think it's the ugliest UI element in the W10 RS1 honestly
  • I couldn't care less how they look, but the old one was quicker to use. The new one doesn't do keyboard shortcuts it seems.
  • The keyboard shortcuts didn't work on earlier RS1 preview builds, but they did reenable the alt+y shortcut by the time it launched.
  • I just use the left arrow key and enter.
  • I'd rather change UAC to the top option and ensure that people take notice. Better that than malware.
  • Old style 100% - Looks nicer and gives you more details without having to click more details.
  • It gives the same number of details without having to click on "Show more details".
  • My bad, they clicked the more details in the picture.  We have to turn it off anyway since most of the software used where I work won't run correctly with it enabled.  As a matter of fact the newest versions of the software (2016) won't even run correctly on Win8 or higher.
  • That's a big fail on the developers of that software. Software should always run with least privileges unless it's an admin tool. UAC has been around for ten years and is easy to work with. There's even file and registry virtualization that lets older applications work without admin, so if they don't, they're doing it wrong. It's an even bigger fail that the software doesn't work on recent versions of Windows. You really have to be doing things wrong for that because MS has done a great job with compatibility. (I say all of this as a business software developer and as someone who had updated legacy applications for UAC and LUA).
  • Industrial machine software, Rockwell, Siemens, etc.  
  • That kind of makes it worse. Rather than fixing the problem, these companies are telling customers to open themselves up to more problems by just turning off UAC. "Just run as admin" hasn't been a good answer for a long, long time. They're passing their problem off to you.
  • Its of note that the old dialog screenshot in the article currently has details being show as evidenced by the ^ arrow and Hide details button
  • Why should it matter?
  • ...is it so important and why bother?
  • I must say the new UAC prompt is really ugly.
  • I agree, the look of it just doesn't look as clean and modern as it should. I'm all for an updated look, but this just doesn't do it.
  • The new is cuter...
  • The old one is better in my opinion. After tweaking this will the old one come with the dark theme as this new one?
  • No, that's a UWP feature, the old dialog is too old.
  • Was that not the first thing to be disabled when installing Windows? It doesn't stop system changes, or doesn't stop malware, and it doesn't stop idiots breaking their computers judging by the amount of repairs and reinstalls that I've done.
  • Change it to the top option.  It might not STOP malware but maybe, just maybe, it might make a person think twice about that random .exe launching.  EVERYONE runs as full admin which, in itself, is pure madness.
  • Actually, it stops all of those things. However, users not reading the message makes it pretty much useless. And that is not Microsoft's fault.
  • The screenshot was taken from a VM :D
  • This is an unnecessary tweak, people need to move on from older Windows design. MS shouldn't even have the old UAC prompt available Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The design of the new UAC is pretty good, the layout, however, is awful(and I'm being nice saying that)  In terms of security, the content of the window box is very important. However, the new UAC prompt is pretty much unreadable. It completely lacks the spacing the old window had, and it was that spacing that made the important information easy to read and understand.
  • thankyou for this, I find the new one offensive.
  • Why must we bring everything old back?
  • Windows 10 hang my lumia 535 apps and then I've to restart my to run again apps. Battery performance very poor.. My Q is imo, Instagram and other apps are available in window 8.1...??? I've to downgrade my window from 10 to 8.1...
  • I enjoy the new one far more than the previous
  • I like the old one better, its smaller sharper and easier to read. The new one is to big takes up the whole screen especially on smaller screens