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I am using Windows 8 Enterprise on my development machine. Most of the time, I need full administrator for debugging, changing system files, etc.

In Windows 7, setting UAC to "never notify" would disable any administrator prompts. In Windows 8 this is no longer the case. Even with UAC disabled I get prompted to grant programs elevated privileges.

Is there a way disable this behaviour?

Note: I am fully aware of the repercussions. I have antivirus, firewall, etc and am generally quite careful about what I download or install on my machine.

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If you go to Administrative Tools → Local Security Policy, find Local Policies and Security Options, in the left side of the window, and scroll down to the button.

You should be able to disable User Account Control completely.

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Thanks for the tip. Got it working by setting "User Account Control: Turn on Admin Approval Mode" to Disabled. –  Arnold Zokas Aug 22 '12 at 11:28
Sadly this also disables the ability to launch any "Metro" App at all. –  Zyumar Aug 23 '12 at 19:26
Its not sad, Its a Windows feature, makes my day to disable the app model. –  Moab Aug 26 '12 at 14:04
Anyone know/confirm if this will work on the "Home" version of Windows 8? –  techie007 Aug 26 '12 at 17:29
@Arnold where did you find that setting? I could not locate that. –  Charles Prakash Dasari Dec 5 '12 at 21:10
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