Windows Vista RTM, Closure of Blog, Free SWAG!

Thanks to everyone who wrote in. The 100 stickers are now all taken for. If you replied before 6:00 PM PST on Wednesday, November 10th with your mailing address you should receive one. Thanks again for reading everyone.

Today we are proud to announce the RTM of Windows Vista! Releasing Windows Vista and User Account Control has been an incredible adventure, and we would like to thank all of our beta testers (and critics) who have given us invaluable feedback that drove many of the changes made since the early beta versions.

Now that Windows Vista will be here soon for everyone, it’s time to make sure your applications and environments are ready for Windows Vista and User Account Control:

Today we are also announcing the closure of the UAC blog. We will still continue to blog about UAC—hopefully more than ever now that we should have more time—but going forward, we will post UAC info on the general Windows Vista Security blog at, so please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds.

Back in January, we said we would give away free SWAG if we went for one month without posting a new message. Well, we are RTM, but we still wanted to give out some SWAG to our faithful readers, so here it is. The first 100 readers who send mail to uacswag at microsoft dot com with your physical mailing address will get one of these Windows Vista “I’m a Standard User” stickers. We hope it will help you spread the work of this important step everyone should take to improve the security of their PCs.

Thanks again for all of your feedback and ideas.

–The User Account Control Team

Comments (11)

  1. Bildsoft says:

    Compliments from Bildsoft!

    Great product!

  2. luca says:

    Is a Standard user created by default in Windows Vista RTM ?

  3. windowsvistasecurity says:

    It has not changes since the the behavior in Beta 2, if you are fimilar with that. The very first account is an adminisrator account. All other accounts are standard user by default.

  4. kholk says:

    Superb work. Great! Windows Vista had some problems with UAC but now is fine!

    Thank you!

  5. luca says:

    so a second standard accound is not created by default? This is bad because all users will use administrator account. You loose a big chance ;-((((

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  8. kenn says:

    i hope it work better than before …

  9. Nidonocu says:

    I got my sticker this morning! Thanks again guys and best of luck with future UAC developments!

  10. Szajd says:

    Got the sticker, thank you very much!

  11. anony.muos says:

    I know that Secure Desktop (blacking out that occurs upon a UAC prompt) can be disabled in Vista without entirely turning off UAC. However, for Windows XP, Windows CardSpace always enforces a secure desktop. PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO DISABLE SECURE DESKTOP ON WINDOWS XP.

    While there are similarities between the way UAC uses the Secure Desktop on Windows Vista and the way CardSpace works on Windows XP, the two are unrelated.  CardSpace uses its own private desktop, not the winlogon desktop, and that separate desktop functionality cannot be disabled.

    — Aaron