Are You Sure? Teaching Windows Vista to Trust its Users

Having had much interest in my solution to the black screen after login problem on Vista, I was encouraged to share what I know (even though it isn’t my own solution) about shutting off the requests for confirmation when running a program.

The name of this annoying feature is the User Account Controls. All you need to do to switch it off is search for “User Account Controls” – then all you need is the willingness once you’ve done that to keep clicking that you do indeed want to switch it off, even when it asks repeatedly whether you are sure, and suggests it isn’t a good idea. The links in this post will help if you need step-by-step and even pictorial guides. You can even get rid of the “Windows has blocked some programs” balloon.

With all these requests for confirmation, I am reminded of the piece of humor that has circulated (which is not an account of something that actually happened) about what it would look like if GM made computers and if Microsoft made cars.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01119080394574322124 T. Michael W. Halcomb

    As annoying as it is, I would highly reccomend leaving this feature turned on. Turning it off really has the potential to allow unwanted users do things to your comp.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    Do you really think so? I suspect that if anyone has access to your computer, they will probably click to run the program when asked. And when it comes to malware or viruses, a good antivirus program will probably be more effective than the User Controls. Of course, I may be wrong! But on the whole, Vista seems to be far more stable since I’ve turned this feature off…

  • Anonymous

    Dr. McGrath,I do not mean to contradict you, but being in the IT industry for nearly a decade, and specifically the server administration/troubleshooting field for the last several years, I’ve learned something.Everything that happens on a windows machine requires OS level user authentication. Including background processes and programs. While more prevalent in servers where applications are meant for the “hands-free” function of answering connections and data transfer(at a very low level), This is the case for PC’s as well.


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