Rob Mensching’s discussion on MSI in Windows Vista

Hi, I’m Jenn, the tech writer for UAC. We’ll sometimes post links in the blog to useful/interesting articles about UAC. Rob Mensching, a software engineer at Microsoft, recently posted a helpful discussion about the Microsoft Installer (MSI) in Windows Vista. Rob’s article includes guidance about how to handle CustomActions in Windows Vista, as well as…


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…


User Account Control Coming to a City (sort of) Near You

This month Microsoft held our weeklong TechReady conference in downtown Seattle where we bring in our technical sales people and consultants from around the world to get briefings on the newest products from the teams that build them. We demo’d User Account Control in at least 4 sessions (to standing room only audiences) and we’ve…


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…


New Name, Same Vision

Even though the name has been changing, from LUA to UAP, and now finally User Account Control (UAC), the underlying goal has not changed. Our goal is to help protect individuals and organizations by enabling Windows Vista users to run their computers as Standard Users. It may sound humble, but this effort has the potential…


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…


Installing and Deploying Applications on Vista

Welcome to the User Account Control (UAC) Blog.  We’ll be using this forum to talk about interesting, important, or whimsical aspects of UAC and Vista. It seems only fitting that we start out the posts with a discussion of installation.  What is the very first thing you’re going to do on your new Vista machine? …


TechEd 2005 Presentation: Tips and Tricks for Running Windows with Least-Privilege

Microsoft Senior Consultant Aaron Margosis presents tips and tricks for how to run with least-privilege today on Windows. In this webcast, presented from Tech Ed 2005 in Orlando, Florida, Aaron shows you simple ways to get around the inconveniences that currently exist and how to make living as a Limited User as easy as possible. You…


User Account Control

User Account Protection was the preliminary name for a core security component of Windows Vista. The component has now been officially named User Account Control (UAC). Our blog archives are located at All future blogging will occur on this /uac blog.