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Disabling UAC is really not that great of an idea.

UAC is actually not that intrusive unless you're running old software or software that isn't developed properly.

Rights promotion and demotion (basically what UAC does) has been a standard feature of UNIX and MacOS for years and is one of the reasons that Windows has had so many security issues over the years.

It's been my experience that once you start using a Vista machine for any extended time and have all your options configured, you're not going to see UAC that much. That is, unless you're constantly tinkering and messing with options. Which, is exactly what you want. You see, UAC makes sure that such configs and modifications are being performed by YOU and not some unauthorized application.

If you're seeing UAC everytime you're running a program, chances are you can find a new version of it that will run with standard user rights instead of running natively in administrator rights, which is bad programming.

What I ask my customers is: Does UAC really bug you that often that you want to leave your system wide open for compromise?


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