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This summer we asked our visitors about the Windows Vista features that should be improved on Windows 7. One of the very discussed features was the User Account Control (UAC). Many people find it rather annoying, therefore they would like to see it improved. Even though Windows Vista Service Pack 1 diminished the number of UAC prompts that one can encounter, it can still get annoying to some users. Despite being easy to disable it, it is not a wise choice, as it exposes you to much more security threats. To keep the annoyance level at a minimum, there are several alternatives to UAC. I'm going to present you one of them, called Norton User Account Control. I've tested it for three weeks now on two different computers and I find it a great alternative to the standard UAC.
First, go to this page, click on the Download button, choose the version you need and install it. Once installed, Norton User Account Control prompts will replace the normal UAC prompts. A prompt window will look like in the screenshot below.
As you can see, it is not very much different from a normal Windows Vista UAC prompt. Aside from the visual aspects, the most important difference is the existence of a 'Don't ask me again' option. If you check this option and then click on Allow, each time you repeat the same action (for example: launch the same application or control panel window), you will no longer see an UAC prompt and the action will take place as if you clicked on the Allow button again.
This is extremely helpful as it can minimize the number of prompts you need to click through in order to run an application which requires administrative permission. Also, you can configure specific aspects of the operating system and receive the UAC prompt only the first time.
However, you should be careful when using the 'Don't ask me again' option. Here are a few helpful guidelines for keeping your system safe while reducing the number of UAC prompts:
NOTE: One thing we noticed is that this application gets installed only for the current logged on user. If you want to use it for more than one user, you should install it manually on each user. Also, users must be administrators. Otherwise it doesn't work. On limited accounts, Norton User Account Control doesn't replace the normal UAC.
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