How to disable secure desktop for UAC using Registry

In the case you’re running Windows 10 Home, you won’t have access to the Local Group Policy Editor, but you can still disable the dimmed secure desktop behavior on Windows 10 by modifying the Registry.

Warning: This is a friendly reminder that editing the Registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don’t do it correctly.

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the Registry.
  3. Browse the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  4. Quick Tip: On Windows 10, you can now copy and paste the path in the Registry’s address bar to quickly jump to the key destination.
  5. Double-click the DWORD and make sure the value is set to 0.
  6. Click OK.

After completing the steps, when trying to run a command, executable, or change settings that requires elevation, you’ll get the prompt, but you’ll still be able to interact with the desktop.

If you want to go back to the previous settings, you can use the same instructions, but on step No. 6, make sure that the value for PromptOnSecureDesktop is set to 1.

We’re focusing this guide on Windows 10, but you can also refer to these instructions to stop the User Account Control experience from dimming your desktop when you get an elevation prompt in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.

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