Software developers claim they have created a tool to bypass User Account Control -- an "annoying" security feature in Windows Vista, according to Microsoft executives. The developers from NeoSmart said on their Web site that the UAC feature was "only there to give the impression of security".
UAC is a controversial feature of Vista designed to stop users from installing or executing arbitrary code. Many see it as a hindrance to performing everyday tasks, as it requests confirmation from users without administrator rights for many actions where no user confirmation was needed in Vista's predecessor, XP -- in Vista, administrator is not the default setting.
iReboot, the tool developed by NeoSmart, helps users choose which operating system to reboot into. UAC had stopped the application from running at start-up, but the developers now claim to have bypassed UAC by splitting iReboot into two. One of the parts, running in the background, has privileged access to the operating system without requiring administrator approval each time the machine boots; the other part, running as a client program, interacts with this back-end service.
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