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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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I hate UAC
By cidman2001 on 4/12/2008 4:35:42 PM , Rating: 2
On the one hand I agree that there are a lot of idiots out there that make UAC a necessary evil. On the other hand, I do a lot of computer repair and a large amount of my customers are the idiots that click yes on every box that pops up in front of them. Microsoft is cutting in on my business with all this UAC crap!
All kidding aside, I have seen just as many Vista systems come my way all messed up with "idiot" related problems. The root of this is that many people simply don't read (or perhaps undrestand)what these pop-ups are trying to tell them. Or maybe they are just annoyed and click whatever they have to to finish the task they were trying to accomplish. Whatever the reason, it simply doesn't work. Idiots will always be idiots and people who are more experienced users will always be annoyed at pop ups asking them if "they're sure". If I wasn't sure, I probably wouldn't have started in the first place....




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