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Tweaking User Account Control
Tweaking User Account Control
User Account Control (UAC) made its debut in Windows Vista and has been
annoying and protecting users ever since. According to Microsoft, User Account
Control decreased malware infection rates significantly in Windows Vista
compared to Windows XP. On paper, UAC has been a great success, but in
practice it annoyed users a little too much. In Windows 7, UAC was fine-tuned
to minimize interruptions and is significantly less annoying. That work
continued with Windows 8.
For the majority of you who skipped Windows Vista and some of you who
even skipped Windows 7, User Account Control provides total control over all
changes to your system. If you try to install a program, install a plug-in, or access
any application that has the capability to change critical system settings, UAC
goes into action and makes sure that you really want to do what an application
is trying to do on your computer. In terms of the security of your computer, UAC
is great because it catches when applications, scripts, and even websites try to
do things to your computer that cause a critical change. However, if you initiate
the change, such as trying to install a program or modify a Windows setting,
you also have to deal with the pop-ups because of the way UAC is designed.
User Account Control works by monitoring the Windows application
programming interface (API), system components, and application configuration
files, to find out whether an action needs higher privileges. If an action is found,
it prompts a UAC box for your authorization.
Controlling User Account Control
The User Account Control in Windows 8 plays a big role in the overall
security of the operating system. No longer do you have to worry about software
secretly getting installed or scripts running that change critical system data
without your knowledge. Instead, you have to worry about getting bombarded
with UAC pop-ups that require you to authorize almost every change this topic
asks you to do. Thankfully, Microsoft did not implement this feature without
adding the ability for power users to tweak it to make their lives easier while
still benefiting from some of the protections of UAC.
User Account Control Levels
In Windows 8, Microsoft included a User Account Control Settings feature that
enables you to modify the level of protection UAC provides. For the first time
you can choose between four different levels of UAC protection, as shown here:
Always Notify When Programs Or A User Attempts To Make Changes
To The Computer.
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