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    How do you turn off user a/c control in vista?

    Haven't used this since beta. Now installed the retail version and forgot how annoying the a/c control is as it asks you for permission to do anything.

    How can I turn this off?
    I do know everything, just not all at once. It's a virtual memory problem.

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    Control Panel>User accounts & Family Safety>User Accounts>Turn User Account Control On/Off

    It's right at the bottom of the list
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    thanks for that, it was annoying the hell out of me.
    I do know everything, just not all at once. It's a virtual memory problem.

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    Noo problem
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    Is it not an "intelligent" system, and learns what you do over time and asks you less?

    Or am I speaking rubbish?
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    When I was playing around with Vista it didn't learn at all, it just kept bringing it up. So it got turned off

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidzer View Post
    Is it not an "intelligent" system, and learns what you do over time and asks you less?

    Or am I speaking rubbish?
    No, it's an idiot. But can be helpful against family members who install crap.

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    By default it asks you about everything, which is fair enough, given than about 99% of the people who will use Vista won't have a clue what UAC does. Most of you don't seem to know either - it's heck of a lot more than some prompts about removing a shortcut.

    If you wish to tweak it to suit your needs (a much better choice than simply disabling it), then there's always http://www.tweak-uac.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
    By default it asks you about everything, which is fair enough, given than about 99% of the people who will use Vista won't have a clue what UAC does. Most of you don't seem to know either - it's heck of a lot more than some prompts about removing a shortcut.

    If you wish to tweak it to suit your needs (a much better choice than simply disabling it), then there's always http://www.tweak-uac.com.
    Could you please enlighten us on what more it does other than bringing up a warning when you try do specific actions on the PC?

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    Rather than me describing something I don't sufficiently understand, I'll just point you to the MS technet page on it: http://technet2.microsoft.com/Window....mspx?mfr=true

    It's a good read on what it does.

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    The thing that annoyed me was the fact it asks you about EVERYTHING, yet when you turn it off the Security Centre insists on telling you it's turned off every time you use the computer!! Is there any way to stop this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by imroberts View Post
    The thing that annoyed me was the fact it asks you about EVERYTHING, yet when you turn it off the Security Centre insists on telling you it's turned off every time you use the computer!! Is there any way to stop this?
    Stop the Security Centre alerts?

    Haven't got a Vista PC around me atm, but it's in the Control Panel somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidzer View Post
    Is it not an "intelligent" system, and learns what you do over time and asks you less?
    UAC does not attempt to remember any previous answers to administrative popups, it is a static component to request confirmation (or authorization if the user is not an admin) for all administrative actions.

    If it were possible to have a "remember this for next time" feature, it could be possible to spoof users into permanently allowing malware to run as admin, plus over time there would be an inevitable problem with the database tracking which users allowed which versions of which programs to run silently (a la ZoneAlarm).

    Now, software authors are properly having to review exactly which features of their products require admin privileges rather than just assuming them.


    UAC is typically triggered by:
    - explicit manifest stating "this program is an admin tool" (indicated with a shield symbol on MS icons)
    - attempts on loading to access system files or registry keys for write access


    If a program tries to use admin rights after launching (without triggering UAC) then it will either fail spectacularly or do nothing - the decision to run elevated or not is made at process creation time only (you can't eleveate an already-running process).

    Personally I use an admin account but leave UAC on so I know exactly what programs want admin rights, and I do a heck of a lot of administrative actions on a daily basis.

    For admins it is an "awareness" tool, but the recommendation is for users to use limited user accounts so it is also a "security" tool.
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    glad i found this thread! Been annoying me to

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    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
    Stop the Security Centre alerts?

    Haven't got a Vista PC around me atm, but it's in the Control Panel somewhere.
    Control Panel
    Security

    Then in the tab on the left "Change the way Security Center alerts me" take you pick of how you'd like to be notified (or not).
    Be warned however that this will mean you're not notified about outdated AV, Firewall etc protection either.

    A better option, as has already been suggested, is to use Tweak UAC to modify User Account Control to your needs.
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