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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 darkpaw on 4/11/2008 4:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
Just out of curiosity (and completely off topic), do you do primary or forms development?

I do ASP.Net work for one project I'm on and I've run into the locks quite a bit when switching from source / view /split on both my primary dev systems. I'm running fairly high end systems (Q6600 desktop and T9300 laptop, both 4gb) and have the issue with both. It does get really annoying after a while.

RE: Sluggish Performance
By jvillaro on 4/11/2008 4:35:49 PM , Rating: 2
Well that could be the difference in our experiences with VS2008. I primary do win forms, wpf forms, services and such. I haven't done anything ASP.NET on VS2008, a partner of mine is starting something and doing some tests but hasn't commented anything. Maybe if we start a full proyect with ASP.NET we could get the problems your talking about.
In WPF the split views are heavy, but again I think it's the machine.
It's not perfect I must admit, but it has worked for me. I remember the same partner say a couple of times VS2008 has locked up on him (although not while using ASP) but VS2005 has done it too so I can't say it's better or worse.

PD: I'm using Windows XP right now if it helps to know. Next week I'll upgrade to a T5550 laptop with 4gb and Vista (all will be running in 64bit) so maybe I'll have an update about all this

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