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The truth comes out about User Account Control

Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system has been lambasted ever since it was launched for consumers in January 2007. Diehard Windows users balked at the steep system requirements, sometimes sluggish performance, inadequate driver support, and varying products SKUs at multiple price points.

One feature that has caused quite a bit of controversy with consumers has been the User Account Control (UAC) that is included in Windows Vista. UAC prompts nag users for simple operations such as going to device manager, emptying the recycle bin, or installing/uninstalling an application.

David Cross, a product manager responsible for designing UAC, gave the real reason for UAC at the RSA 2008 conference in San Francisco yesterday. "The reason we put UAC into the platform was to annoy users. I'm serious," remarked Cross.

Cross added that Microsoft's unorthodox method to stop users from wreaking havoc with their systems and to stop software makers from making applications that delved too far into the Windows subsystem was a necessary move.

"We needed to change the ecosystem, and we needed a heavy hammer to do it," Cross added. Cross went on to say that although UAC may be seen as an annoyance to some, but its lasting implications are far more beneficial to Vista users. "Most users, on a daily basis, actually have zero UAC prompts."

Many would say that many users have zero UAC prompts on a daily basis because they have already disabled UAC -- not so says Microsoft. According to Cross, 88% of Vista users have UAC enabled and 66% of Windows sessions do not encounter UAC prompts.



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By mercilessming on 4/11/2008 12:07:00 PM , Rating: 3
This debate could go on forever but UAC is good. We all know <sarcasm> linux/unix is the greatest thing since slice bread and how Linux/Unix does things is the best way</sarcasm>. However Microsoft couldn't just go and create the the dead end, if application isn't right then it can't install but, with UAC prompting for common users they will scream and cause applications to be written right for windows new model and eventually Windows will have the "only" install under a given user and not affect outside of user. And Power User like most of US, know how to cut UAC off and no install suspicious applications. I have run Vista 64 installed once over a year ago and no one single problem performance or otherwise. 4600+ X2 CPU with 4gigs of ram.




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