Microsoft Designed Vista's UAC to "Annoy Users"!

  Rob_08 23:44 11 Apr 2008

Microsoft Designed Vista's UAC to "Annoy Users"!

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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  tullie 00:16 12 Apr 2008

So?If you dont like it,turn it off.

  Ashrich 23:20 14 Apr 2008

And there was me thinking it was to protect idiot users from themselves , allowing anything and everything to run amok on their PC's without their knowledge ( their knowledge of PC's or what is loaded on them ! )

Personally I don't find it intrusive at all , but when I have set up a PC to how I want it I don't go tinkering with it , therefore I don't often see UAC .

In a way I can understand how Microsoft feels , if this is the actual case , and I suspect he is kidding a bit , so many people muck about with their installs without the know how to do things , then spend hours on the support lines never fully admitting what they have done , and blame it all on a " rubbish OS " instead of themselves .


  theDarkness 03:32 15 Apr 2008

I think its obvious he was joking from his last sentences, he meant "put there to 'annoy' users." as in "put there to 'warn', and was most likely referring to users with less computer knowledge although thats not to pay everyone cant 'benefit' from its use, lol. I switched it off in the end but i have to admit i did not crop up that often, but when it did it was usually when i had already selected something from a previous 'are you sure you want to do xxxx yes/no?' windows menu. Having to select yes or no a second time or having a mere warning that i was going to do xxxx just seemed pointless really unless you either were a true beginner or had a terrible memory, lol. I can see its benefits in preventing the user from doing something truly damaging to the system but in most cases it was not really needed. Security wise just dont do anything you arent sure of.. and if youre on the net you might want a good firewall to boot lol

  Forum Editor 17:12 15 Apr 2008

to annoy users? They did it for a reason, and if you don't like it you can very easily switch it off.

End of story.

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