“Certified for Windows Vista” Software Logo Requirements

Critical to the success of User Account Control is having software that works well for standard users and administrators, without excess prompts. Since User Account Control is such a central part of Windows Vista, User Account Control compatibility is one of the key requirements to display the Certified for Windows Vista Logo on software. v…

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"How do I turn off that annoying User Account Control?"

Hi, Aaron Margosis here.  I’m not actually on the UAC team, but we’re good friends and share a common passion about running Windows with least privilege. Those of you who follow this blog are probably aware that there has been… well, let’s say dissatisfaction … (yes, that’s putting it nicely)… with the current implementations of UAC.  One…

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What’s New in Beta 2? – Group Policy Updates

Since Beta 1, the UAC policies have adapted to address customer recommendations, enhance security, and to enhance usability. Beta 1 included 5 security policies (or Group Policy Objects (GPOs)) and Beta 2 includes 7. The rest of this post will detail each policy and provide background information about why we decided to change or add…

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What’s New in Beta 2? – User Experience

Hi, I am Jennifer Allen, a technical writer in the Windows Security Core team. I write technical documentation for UAC, including information for IT pros, developers, and end users. Why am I posting about UAC Beta 2 updates? Well, Windows Vista Beta 2 is hot of the press and ready for you to install, test,…

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TechEd 2006 and an Invitation to a UAC Chat

Many of the UAC team members attended TechEd 2006 this week in Boston.  I really had a great time talking to customers about the UAC project, how the technology works, how the policy options affect its operation, and what direction Microsoft is taking it.   The aspect that surprised me the most this week was…

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The ActiveX Installer Service

Hi, I’m Chris Corio, a Program Manager on the User Account Control team. As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, we’re hard at work providing a great experience for standard users in Windows Vista.  I’m happy to announce a brand new feature that we’ve added to Windows Vista – the ActiveX Installer Service. Our Technical…

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See User Account Control in Action

We created this video to show those who haven’t had a chance to try Windows Vista yet what User Account Control looks like and to demonstrate the benefits of running Windows as a standard user.   Start video.   This 12 minute video includes: Introduction from Microsoft Security VP Mike Nash on the overall security…

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Reducing Elevation Prompts in RC1

First, let me introduce myself, my name is Steve Hiskey, and I am the Lead Program Manager for User Account Control in the Windows Security Core group.  Although there are many groups at Microsoft that are contributing to UAC, the Windows Security Core group has primary ownership.  We own the feature and take the heat…

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