Fix Yes button disabled in UAC dialogs in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

If you ever faced this strange issue in Windows where the Yes button is disabled in UAC dialogs, you might be very confused as to why that is, especially when your user account is already an Administrator level account. In this article, we will see how this problem can be fixed.

UAC universal watermark disabler The issue can affect Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7. If you are facing this problem in your Windows operating system, try the following steps:

    1. Reboot Windows into safe mode. You can read these articles for further reference:

      This will allow you to operate your computer as Administrator.

    2. In an elevated command prompt, run the following command:
      net user administrator /active:yes

This command will enable the built-in Administrator account.
Tip: See how to open an elevated command prompt in Windows 10.

  • Now, type the following command:
    net user administrator password

    This set the Administrator account's password to the "password" word. You can use any other password of choice.

  • Reboot and sign in as Administrator.
  • While you are signed in with the Administrator account, type the following command in an elevated command prompt:
    net localgroup Administrators YOUR_USER_NAME /add

    This will add your user account into the local "Adminstrators" group.

  • Restart the operating system and sign in with your regular credentials, assuming it is same account you specified above.

 

That's it. This should resolve the issue and the button "Yes" in the UAC dialog should become accessible. It will no longer be greyed out.

15 thoughts on “Fix Yes button disabled in UAC dialogs in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

  1. Kanishka

    It worked like a charm! Thanks! :)

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you are welcome

      Reply
  2. David Crump

    So I rebooted and tried to sign in as administrator, but it asked for a password??

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Have you set a password for your Administrator account?

      Reply
      1. David Crump

        Thanks for getting back so quickly! No, I don’t think so. I have a password for my Microsoft Account, but that doesn’t work for the Administrator Account. Today I tried to get back into the Administrator Account using the Command Prompt, but was unsuccessful.:
        Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10586]
        (c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
        C:\Users\dmcea>net user administrator password
        System error 5 has occurred.
        Access is denied.

        Yesterday here’s what I did:
        C:\Users\dmcea>net user administrator
        User name Administrator
        Full Name
        Comment Built-in account for administering the computer/domain
        User’s comment
        Country/region code 000 (System Default)
        Account active Yes
        Account expires Never
        Password last set 03/05/16 2:52:49 PM
        Password expires Never
        Password changeable 03/05/16 2:52:49 PM
        Password required Yes
        User may change password Yes
        Workstations allowed All
        Logon script
        User profile
        Home directory
        Last logon 07/22/15 3:40:49 AM
        Logon hours allowed All
        Local Group Memberships *Administrators
        Global Group memberships *None
        The command completed successfully.

        C:\Users\dmcea>

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    2. Manan Parmar

      Try “password”
      I also didn’t set any password for administrator. But i tried and it opened.

      Reply
      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        Really? Sounds weird.

        Reply
      2. Barry

        Thanks Manan, you’re the man. After countless hours and weeks searching for an answer for our problem with Windows 10 which is all f–ked up, I came across your simple, short comment and it worked. I almost fell off the chair in delight. I didn’t set any password either, and I certainly wouldn’t use password as THE PASSWORD, but I tried it and I was in as Administrator. Thanks again and Happy New Year!

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    3. Vinayak Sankar

      Try typing in “password”

      Reply
  3. David Crump

    The default password was password, so I’ve reset it. But the User Account control on my desktop still has no Yes/No options??

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  4. Moss

    says Access Is Denied

    Reply
  5. Khushboo

    I am not getting yes option to make any changes in the laptop. I am even not able to run cmd command. When I am trying to run cmd as administrator it is asking for admini user name and password which I don’t have. I tried many things but nothing is working out.

    Kindly help in fixing this issue asap.

    Thanks in advance

    Reply
  6. Stuart Rance

    The command
    NET USER Administrator password
    will NOT reset the Administrator account’s password and make it empty
    instead it will reset the Administrator account’s password and make it password

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Yep you are right. Sorry. Updating the article.

      Reply
  7. Yoosufani

    In window 10, first go to recovery mode.
    Once in recovery mode please go to :
    1. Troubleshoot > Advanced > Start up settings > press Restart > then select Safemode without networking
    2. Login to “Administrator”
    3. Press Windows key and R, and type Netplwiz
    4. Select your account and press Properties > then select Administrators > Click apply and okay

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