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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What’s New in the February CTP

Hi. I’m Alex, the product manager for User Account Control. Today we released February Windows Vista CTP (build 5308) and we wanted to make beta testers aware of what new things you’ll find in this build. Application-Aware Elevation PromptsThe elevation prompts that users see are now customized based on the type of application that is…

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User Account Control Prompts on the Secure Desktop

Imagine stopping at a gas station to fuel up your car, selecting Standard grade unleaded gasoline, and then filling up your gas tank. Imagine then that your car fails to start and that you discover that someone maliciously tampered with the gas pump to make it distribute diesel gasoline instead of unleaded. This is an example of…

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Elevations Are Now Blocked in the User’s Logon Path

Hi, Jim Hong, Program Manager on UAC, here again to tell you about a new change in the UAC user experience coming in RC1. Applications that start when the user logs on and that require elevation are now blocked in the logon path. Without blocking applications from prompting for elevation in the user’s logon path,…

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6 User Account Control Windows Vista Policies

This weeks BLOG will examine the 6 User Account Control (UAC) security policies that will be exposed in Windows Vista Beta2.  For each policy a brief summary of the configuration options and expected defaults for the home and enterprise desktops are provided. User type Taxonomy:    1) Standard User: member of the “users”  group   2) Consent Admin: member…

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Identification of Administrative Applications

Welcome to another installment of the Windows Vista UAC Blog! Let’s dig a little deeper into the area of how Windows Vista knows which applications need to run with administrator privileges. We’ll use the term “Elevation” to describe the process by which an application is launched with admin privileges. Elevation falls into two categories: The…

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Windows Vista Parental Controls

Most of the info on this blog has been focused on the benefits of User Account Control for the enterprise and was written for IT professionals and developers. This post highlights one of the key benefits for home computer users, and in particular, for parents.                                              One of the limitations to providing really complete parental…

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UAC Improvements in Release Candidate 1 (RC1) and Video

We’d like to thank all of the Windows Vista beta testers for using and giving us feedback on User Account Control. It’s definitely an area where we’ve received significant feedback, and an area where we’ve been able to make significant improvements in Windows Vista Release Candidate 1. On June 1, Steve Hiskey, Lead Program Manager…

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Administrator Marking for Command Prompt

Besides reducing the number of prompts, one of the top requests we’ve gotten is a way to identify whether a window (particularly Command Prompt) is running with reduced privileges. If you asked for this, too, you’ll be happy to know that when Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 comes out you’ll be able to tell. When…

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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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