Windows Vista: How to fix three "broken" features

Certain problems with Windows Vista won’t be fixed by service packs or by updates but rather were actually part of the design. Users got used to XP and the way XP did things but Vista does some things differently. To help get your sanity back here are three things you can do to make Vista […]

Certain problems with Windows Vista won’t be fixed by service packs or by updates but rather were actually part of the design. Users got used to XP and the way XP did things but Vista does some things differently. To help get your sanity back here are three things you can do to make Vista more amiable.

First, let’s tackle UAC. Vista’s UAC enables account controls which requires you to specify program actions when they need elevated permissions. The problem is that almost every action in Vista will require such. This can be turned off while still leaving the more important virtualization protection in place.

There are two ways to do this, by using native commands in Vista which is a 6-step process and should be avoided by everyone unless you want to create “Local Security Policy” specifically for that. I can’t recommend doing so. Instead, download Tweak UAC which will allow you to painlessly enable quiet mode.

This disables all those annoying “elevate permissions” dialogs but leaves the virtualization mode in place.  Some programs may still require admin level access and to give it that you will need to right click on the program and select “Run as administrator.”

UAC Quiet mode still requires you to have an Administrator account, it will only work on those types of accounts.  Standard users, even with Tweak UAC installed, will not be able to perform admin level tasks.

Note, that Security Center will tell you UAC is off when the quiet mode is enabled.  To make sure that it is working, see if Virtualization is listed as enabled in the Task Manager for some or most of your running tasks.  To check, start the Task Manager, select View then Columns and check the Virtualization option.  You may have to restart for UAC quiet mode to be properly enabled.

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Microsoft, Windows Vista, Tips, Tricks, Troubleshooting, Tips and Tricks, UAC