User Account Control was supposed to be one of the killer new features of Windows Vista – something that was supposed to increase the inherent security of the Operating System and give malwares a hard time. Instead, it managed to annoy every single user and became one of the most hated features of Windows Vista. Sure, Microsoft toned it down a bit in Windows 7, but UAC is still very much there and is still extremely annoying.
One of the problems with UAC is that it is defective by design. Microsoft has stated in the past that they wanted UAC to be irritating in the hope that it would encourage legit software developers to reduce security risks associated with their software. Microsoft’s intentions were undoubtedly noble. For example, most applications do not require administrative privilege, yet unnecessarily request it. Unfortunately, even after almost half a decade, most software developers have not adapted and UAC prompts are still infuratingly frequent.
A quick solution is to disable User Account Control all together. However, a better solution is offered by a tiny utility called TweakUAC. TweakUAC supports something called “Quiet Mode”, which allows you to retain most of the benefits offered by UAC without any of its annoyance.
In Quiet Mode all elevation prompts are automatically suppressed for users with administrative rights (standard users will still be prompted). However, other features of UAC are retained. For example, Internet Explorer will still be executed in protected mode and applications will be (by default) launched without administrative privileges.
TweakUAC is a nifty utility, which makes UAC less maddening for administrators, without compromising on most of the security benefits offered by UAC. Use it, if you are fed up with the frequent UAC prompts.
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Version Reviewed: 1.0
Operating System: Windows Vista/7