Management vendor BeyondTrust Tuesday unveiled software that lets companies nearly eradicate the pop-ups that plague Windows Vista's user account control feature.
BeyondTrust released Privilege Manager 3.5 with a feature that plugs into Microsoft's Group Policy infrastructure and lets IT control administrative rights needed to access some applications.
Vista's UAC feature was touted as a way to avoid giving users administrative rights to their desktops. With those rights, users can install software and control the entire machine -- and so can malicious programs that secure administrative rights. UAC was designed to curb that problem, but users quickly found that the number of pop-up windows UAC generated was confusing at best.
"The things that were scaring us away from Vista were the hardware requirements and UAC," says Omar Ghneim, network administrator for EXCO Resources, an energy company based in Dallas. "We tried Vista on a few administrators' machines, but they couldn't handle the pop-ups and we went back to XP the next day."