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…


Credential Prompt Change in RC2

Hi, everyone. I’m Daniel Oliver, a program manager on the Windows Shell Team. If you’re running Windows Vista on a domain-joined machine, you may have noticed a small change between Windows Vista RC1 and RC2 when the UAC dialog box prompts for credentials in an OTS (over the shoulder) scenario. In RC2, only the empty…


Windows Vista Application Development Requirements for UAC Compatibility

Our updated guidance for ISVs is now available for you to download at the Microsoft Download Center. We’ll have a “browesable” form on MSDN as part of the Windows Vista Developer Story shortly, as well. I’ll post a link on the blog when it goes live. The download page for the “Windows Vista Application Development Requirements for…


ActiveX Installer Service Discussion and Video

This is Joel Yoker, Senior Consultant, and Rob Campbell, Technical Solutions Specialist, from the Microsoft Federal (Government) District. Many of the customers that we work with have locked-down desktop environments. One of the challenges that these customers face is how to deploy ActiveX controls in an environment where users are not administrators. ActiveX controls are…


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…


Built-in Administrator Account Disabled

Darren Canavor, Program Manager on the UAC team has made a post on the Windows Vista Security blog about changes to the behavior of the built-in Administrator account: “In Windows Vista we made numerous changes to our user account model. Standard users are now the default user type for new accounts created after initial setup….


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,…


User Account Control Virtual Lab

The TechNet team has a released a virtual lab that lets you get some experience with User Account Control even if you haven’t installed it on any of your machines. And if you have Windows Vista installed, the tutorials can help you learn about User Account Control in a more structured way. My only caveat…


Flash Swag: Windows Vista Build 5472 DVD

We have reached our limit. All the DVDs are gone. If you replied before 8:00 AM PST on Thursday, August 10th with your mailing address you should receive one. (Please do not send mail to the blog owner requesting a DVD, there are no more to give out.) We hope to do more giveaways in the…


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…