Windows Vista has a lot of things that bother a lot of people. I, however, don’t mind some of the things that bother other people. Vista has a feature called UAC (User Account Control) enabled by default. The purpose behind this utility starts many applications in a restricted shell, offering the user a reprieve from apps that he or she may not want installed. In previous versions of windows an application can be executed as administrator without the user’s knowledge. This was one method in which many malware infected systems. Vista, in trying to reduce one avenue for these applications, opted to restrict applications to this shell and prompting the user to elevate the installer.
Some of the tasks that trigger the UAC event are:
- installing and removing applications
- installing ActiveX controls
- installing device drivers
- changing system wide settings
- and many more…
For those of you that don’t want UAC… here you go.
- Click Start
- go to Control Panel
- type UAC in the search box at the upper right
- click “Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off”
- The UAC Window will open and ask to you Continue or Cancel – We want to continue
- Uncheck the Box for “Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer” and press OK
- You must restart your computer to apply these changes