Most of the more tech savvy Vista users I talked to disabled UAC (User Account Control) or at least its confirmation prompts. I didn't like UAC right from the beginning, but I was curious enough to see if it would really increase security and how it would affect my work. So I kept its default settings. But I wonder how many of you weren't so patient and disabled it.
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I must admit that for now, I am not so much disturbed by the UAC prompts anymore. I suppose, this is due to the fact that UAC has already trained me very well. So I usually don't even notice the confirmation requests. I became aware of this when I worked with Windows Server 2008 because the prompts seem to pop up not as frequent as under Vista. So I always felt like something was missing. There are certainly good reasons not to disable UAC.
To date however, I didn't encounter any case where Vista's UAC really prevented malware from starting on my computer or other Vista machines in our network. You could say that the false positive rate is exactly 100%. Do you know of a positive case? If you don't, then maybe you know of someone who did. Or maybe you know somebody whose grandmother has a cousin who heard of someone in the neighborhood who has a sister who didn't have anti-virus software installed and who almost were infected by a virus, if not, well, a UAC prompt saved her day.
Please, don't get me wrong. I fully support the idea behind UAC. Even IT pros shouldn't logon as administrator, if they just want to read their mail or surf the web. My point is that Vista's UAC is a bad solution to this common Windows problem. Why do I have to confirm it twice if I just want to move a desktop icon to the Recycle Bin? And why doesn't Vista have an su command like UNIX that allows you to switch to administration mode whenever you have to administrate a PC?
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I hope I didn't influence your answer for this poll. Just let us know if you already disabled UAC altogether or if you disabled the confirmation prompts only. With the latter's setting, UAC would still be running in the background, but it won't prompt you if an application is about to be elevated.