| By Fred Langa |
Windows can be a terrible nag, and in Vista and Windows 7 it can be most annoying when popping up its User Account Control (UAC) security prompts.
UAC implementation proved clumsy in Vista, and it can still annoy in Win7 — but there are ways to make it less so.
How to rein in UAC warnings in Vista and Win7
Reader Larry McAspurn is frustrated by the UAC in Vista and Windows 7.
- “Is there a way to tell Windows not to bring up UAC when I run certain programs?”
The idea of UAC is great: it tries to ensure that no software has unauthorized access to administration-level privileges. If you’re interested in a quick refresher on UAC and what it’s supposed to do, Microsoft’s “Explore the features: User Account Control” Web page will help.
Here’s how to take control of UAC:
Vista: First introduced in Vista, UAC made the OS far more secure than XP. But it also made Vista frustrating to use — with security pop-ups erupting at every turn. Many experienced Vista users simply turned UAC off. That stopped the annoying security nags, but it also defeated the whole point of having UAC in the first place.
The following steps should make Vista’s UAC more tolerable without eliminating it altogether.
- The hard, but fully controllable, method: Microsoft Technet’s article, “User Account Control Step-by-Step Guide,” shows several ways to configure Vista’s UAC. If you truly want to master the subject, you’ll find what you need in Technet’s excellent reference, “Understanding and Configuring User Account Control in Windows Vista.”