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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 sprockkets on 4/11/2008 3:19:18 PM , Rating: 0
That's just stupid. I want an OS to WASTE time loading all the programs I MIGHT use at startup so as to save time?

I think Vista will run FASTER with less ram since the stupid OS won't be spending so much time loading 2GB worth of stuff at startup! Maybe if I have nothing else better to do I'll try it!

But, on the other hand, superfetch is OK, if you never turn off your computer and put it to sleep or hibernate.

Btw, pauldovi, Linux has been doing this far longer than Vista has, but unlike Vista, doesn't churn the hard drive for an hour afterwards anymore after startup like Vista does, indexing pointless parts of a persons hard drive.

That article came out in Sept 26, 2005, when people started to complain about Linux having no memory free.

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.

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