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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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RE: Hmmmmmm, dear Mr. Cross...
By FITCamaro on 4/11/2008 12:57:31 PM , Rating: 3
Who the hell is Microsoft to tell a paying customer for their product how they should use their system?

The company who provides the product? They made it so they can do whatever they want with it.

And they'd rather it annoy people than have tons of people calling in saying,
"Yeah my computer doesn't work anymore....What was the last thing I did?.....I went to this web page..."

UAC stops programs from changing things without the user knowing it. If a virus tries to install itself you'll know it because UAC will be like "This process is trying to make itself a startup program. Did you want this to happen?"

For people like my dad its invaluable.

RE: Hmmmmmm, dear Mr. Cross...
By callmeroy on 4/11/2008 4:28:34 PM , Rating: 2
The company who provides the product? They made it so they can do whatever they want with it.

So? Its my computer and more importantly its my money that paid them for the product so where's my choices of whether to have this annoy me or not. Without the money they have no product to make. Them being the makers of it or not its rather arrogant to force such annoyance / hindrance on a user of their product by default. See my post elsewhere on this though - if I'm just being ignorant and its VERY easy to disable UAC (I mean for say grandmom , not power users) then I'll concede I'm talking out my ass. However, as of right now with the little playing I did with Vista I only noticed doing this by the command line.

RE: Hmmmmmm, dear Mr. Cross...
By JustTom on 4/12/2008 3:32:38 AM , Rating: 2
Open up Control Panel, and type in "UAC" into the search box. You'll see a link for "Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off":

By theapparition on 4/12/2008 1:40:49 PM , Rating: 2
then I'll concede I'm talking out my ass.

Where's your concession?

It's so easy to turn off, but I would highly advise against it for your "grandmom". That's exactly who UAC was meant for.
And let me get this don't even use Vista, just played with it and saw UAC over someone's shoulder? Try using it and you'll find it almost is never intrusive. The only time it pops up is if you are installing programs (for most not a daily or weekly event) or trying to do some system level configuration. I hardly ever see it, and to be quite honest.......I like it when it pops up, gives me a feeling that the protection is doing something.

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