> Back to the UAC issue.
> As you have been seeing;and as I discussed with you long ago; UAC is
> causing people grief;and their first tendency;in many cases;is to turn it
> Granted; a nice security feature; but when the initial reaction is one of
> frustration;which then causes users to disable it; it then becomes a moot
> point. UAC is;at that point; irrelevant.
I agree that the initial reaction is that of frustration; however, I don't
agree that this causes all such frustrated users to turn it off. I think a
majority of the people that post here regarding UAC are requesting
information about it because they are frustrated by it and do not understand
it... only a (strong, vocal) minority ask how to disable it without wanting
to know anything about it.
I feel this is a good sign ... it means people are seeing that it is more
than just a nag screen, even if they don't really understand how it works.
Hopefully, these people will find the information they need through whatever
source to understand and effectively use UAC.
> Sure;what people should do;and what actually happens;can be two
> completely different things.
Of course; the actions people take will vary through a wide spectrum. I
believe that there will be small chunk of users who immediately turn it off,
a small chunk that immediately understand it and live with, and a large
chunk of users that only understand it to a certain point but don't turn it
I think the challenge Microsoft faces is informing that large chunk of
people what UAC is, how it benefits them, and how they should use it.
> As you are aware;from our previous discussions;UAC can be a pain.
> I have heeded your advice; and learned to live with it. In fact;ran it
> for every build;until 5728. One noticeable difference;other than the
> obvious;the annoyance going away; is the freeing up of system resources.
> Running with UAC on/off shows a noticeable difference in my system.
Fascinating. I wonder why that is.
> We shall see; I still think UAC will be abandoned;by lots of folks.
I think in relation to everyone using Vista, there will only be a small
percentage overall of people who choose to turn it off, and I agree with
Kerry that this percentage will decline and the effectiveness overall of UAC
will increase dramatically as application vendors take advantage of it and
the public becomes more informed about it.
> A good idea;which I fear will go the way of XP;as in everyone running as
I certainly hope not. It is a possibility; however, I think compared to
other security initiatives that Microsoft has pushed that have failed to
take hold, this one has a very good chance of success.
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