Windows 7 to Have Toned-Down User Account Control

According to the Microsoft blog "Engineering Windows 7," the next version of Windows will tone down and streamline the User Account Control that so many Vista users are frustrated with.

While many could provide a laundry list of reasons why they prefer to use Windows XP over Vista, one issue at the top of most PC users list is the User Account Control (UAC) that was introduced with the often-criticized OS. While some of it’s features can be turned off or disabled, the fact remains that many do not like the constant double-checking the OS does for things as simple as opening a program or installing a plugin.

Well, it seems as though Microsoft has gotten the message, and according to ZDNet, will work to fine tune UAC to be more effective and less invasive. “We’ve heard loud and clear that you are frustrated," said Ben Fathi, president for core OS development. "We still want to provide you control over what changes can happen to your system, but we want to provide you a better overall experience."

To do this, explains Fathi, Microsoft will broaden the control you have over UAC notifications, as well as provide additional and more relevant information in the UI. One complaint that seems to resonate with users across the board is the amount of duplicate messages one receives about a repeated action. To solve this, user will get “better and more obvious control over the (UAC) mechanism," said Fathi.

According to comments from members of the Windows team, Vista’s UAC has a significant role to play in making the latest OS the most secure version of Windows yet. Clearly the measures put into place are good ones, but now work must go into striking the balance of having strong security without making the user feel restricted from accomplishing normal tasks.

Windows 7 is promising a lot to consumers, ranging from super-speedy boot times to better-defined different versions of the OS. Microsoft may find even more fans if they follow through with a true UAC rework. Microsoft is in damage control mode. With yet another extension on Windows XP, set to keep the OS around until the summer of 2009, and early builds of Windows 7 going to those who attend Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in October and Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in November, as well as a rumored beta before Christmas, one thing is clear: Windows 7 is in full swing up in Redmond, and Microsoft desperately wants to make the disappointing present a forgettable past as soon as they possibly can.

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  • resonance451
    Ever since moving to Vista with SP1, I've had only one crash, and that was from an Apple program: iTunes. With XP, I had numerous crashes, slowdown issues, and driver problems. Don't believe the hype. And for the record, I actually like UAC, and it's not even half as bad as the propaganda suggests it is.

    The hype is meaningless, as is often the case. Vista is fine, and it works well for me. It's worked far better than XP ever did. Sorry. I didn't want to admit that I had believed the widespread myths about Vista, but at one point I really did. Now I'm of a different opinion, but I guess that's what happens when you actually know what you're talking about.
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  • smalltime0
    resonance451Ever since moving to Vista with SP1, I've had only one crash, and that was from an Apple program: iTunes. With XP, I had numerous crashes, slowdown issues, and driver problems. Don't believe the hype. And for the record, I actually like UAC, and it's not even half as bad as the propaganda suggests it is.The hype is meaningless, as is often the case. Vista is fine, and it works well for me. It's worked far better than XP ever did. Sorry. I didn't want to admit that I had believed the widespread myths about Vista, but at one point I really did. Now I'm of a different opinion, but I guess that's what happens when you actually know what you're talking about.

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    Although I do get pissed sometimes with UAC... I believe microsoft updates are no security threat to my PC...
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  • resonance451
    More control over UAC would be nice. I don't think it's a pressing issue as much as people have made it out to be. I expected to be hit with a constant cancel/allow every 30 seconds. I keep a strict control of what processes I have running, with only my audio drivers for my RME FireFace 800 allowed on startup. I'm not going to waste such a powerful system to poor handling, so having complete control over it with my utilities and UAC is really a plus for me.
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