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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 DeepBlue1975 on 4/11/2008 1:12:15 PM , Rating: 2
A couple of days ago I stopped the UAC because I'm trying to fine tune my overclocking, and in that situation it is really a pain in the neck.

For startup items I had it solved without disabling the UAC: I simply added those items to the task scheduler, giving the tasks high privileges to not bother me asking, and there you go: coretemp, rivatuner, and some others all starting up without asking anything.

My highest complaint about the UAC is that it should be able to remember, once you give a specific program approval to run, that it should not ask again if you want to run it.
Specially when talking about the device manager, which I use quite often.

Nevertheless, I have it disabled now and don't think I'm gonna turn it back again anytime soon.

Now I'm onto a little annoyance: my vista machine is takeing more than a whole minute to let me use it (about 30 secs to show the desktop), which is abysmal for me.

I tried "resetting" the prefetch and turning it on only for startup processes, ran defrag, but still the same. The only thing I didn't try yet is bootvis... Once started up, it runs great though.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner

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