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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: Sluggish Performance
By Captain Orgazmo on 4/11/2008 1:23:09 PM , Rating: 1
Funny I made the same comment on another post, and got downrated, and some guy responds saying that if I want fast performance with a computer, boot DOS on a Core 2, and he gets rated to 5.

As I said in the aforementioned comment, for most users, common tasks such as word processing, databases and spreadsheets have, if anything, slowed down in the last few years, especially with Vista. I'm no linux geek or IT pro, but I know that there are fully functional linux builds that reside in 1/5th or less the memory of Vista.

RE: Sluggish Performance
By pauldovi on 4/11/2008 1:41:08 PM , Rating: 5
That would be all well and good if those Linux distro's offered the same functionality as Vista. Vista doesn't use that much memory just because it is bloated. It uses the memory to store the most common programs to these launch faster. Why let the excess memory sit around and do nothing?

By the way... I have seen a spyware laden slow Vista PC boot 5 times faster than a linux kernel.

RE: Sluggish Performance
By sprockkets on 4/11/08, Rating: 0
RE: Sluggish Performance
By Locutus465 on 4/11/2008 4:29:41 PM , Rating: 2
You do if you move up to 4GB memory and start seeing load times for your frequently used apps drop to astonishingly low times.

RE: Sluggish Performance
By goku on 4/12/2008 5:20:53 AM , Rating: 2
blah blah blah. The good ole' "it's superfetch at work, that's why it consumes 4X the memory" excuse at work once again. If you disable superfetch, you'll see that vista uses at a minimum 4X the memory of windows XP, and XP isn't exactly "lean".

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