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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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UAC is a good thing
By 306maxi on 4/11/2008 12:07:30 PM , Rating: 3
Firstly you can switch it off as it is intensely annoying to power users who know what they're doing. So net impact on power users is nil unless they are into sadomasochism.

Then it helps to stop the twits who just install anything and at least gives them one more stage at which they can save themselves from harm.

Personally I can't stand UAC myself and the first thing I did on my PC and my g/f's PC when I built them was turn it off. I also think it's a good thing that turning UAC off isn't done with the click of an obvious button as that would mean more people would turn it off and the safety advantages would be negated.

The biggest security flaw with a Windows machine has and will always be the idiot in the chair in front of the machine.

RE: UAC is a good thing
By akugami on 4/11/2008 3:16:16 PM , Rating: 2
Problem In Chair, Not In Computer

RE: UAC is a good thing
By 306maxi on 4/12/2008 12:48:16 AM , Rating: 2
Back where I used to work we used to say PEBKAC as in Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair. But I'll have to remember PICNIC!

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