$30 to Turn Off Vista UAC Pop-ups?

by Todd Ogasawara

Reading through...

BeyondTrust Tames Vista's UAC Pop-Ups

...in PC World, I kept thinking that this utility must be freeware or, maybe, an Open Source product. But, the last line of the article states: Privilege Manager 3.5 is priced starting at $30 per seat. Now, hey, more power to anyone who can make a few $$$ selling software while making Vista more palatable to users. But, doesn't this just indicate that UAC (User Access Control) is just broken in Vista?

I think Microsoft needs to rethink and redesign how UAC works (make it less annoying) and take a look at Vista's menu system while they are at it. Has anyone looked at the network configuration maze lately? Ouch.

4 Comments

Richard
2007-08-24 03:51:52
One can buy a copy of Windows XP and make all of the UAC messages and the Vista network menu maze disappear, for only a few more dollars!
Steve Douglas
2007-08-25 22:33:01
As a VAR, I intend on selling and loading my built systems until the stroke of midnight with XP. Vista is a disappointment. The Vista systems I have to support are configured to both classic on the desktop, menu bars, and UAC turned off.
Ben
2007-08-27 08:11:09
Why don't you just change Vista UAC settings manually? This can be done for a group policy:
http://www.petri.co.il/disable_uac_in_windows_vista.htm
Todd Ogasawara
2007-08-27 09:11:29
Ben: Turning off the policy defeats the assumed purpose of UAC's security model to prevent bad software from being installed. What is needed is a fixed end-user security model.