Windows 7 Makes UAC Less Annoying Than Vista

Windows 7 Makes UAC Less Annoying Than Vista

If you’ve been keeping up with Windows 7 news, you know one of the selling points is a less annoying UAC system—so the 7 Tutorials blog set out to illustrate what was actually changed.

The biggest change in Windows 7 is the new User Account Control “slider” setting, where you can choose your own balance between annoyance and security—but behind the scenes, Microsoft reduced the amount of actions that will prompt you. The 7 Tutorials blog ran down a list of common actions that triggered a UAC prompt in Windows Vista, but don’t in Windows 7, concluding that:

…in Windows 7 you will not encounter UAC prompts in at least 11 of the scenarios where Windows Vista triggered one.

If you are still stuck using Windows Vista, be sure to check out our guide to making Windows Vista less annoying, or check out how to disable it altogether.

Windows 7 vs Windows Vista: The UAC Benchmark [7 Tutorials]


  • Only Microsoft could get away with selling a feature in one release and then selling it to you again saying that it is now usable as it should have been to start with.

    • Actually, simo, it’s standard practice these days for software to be released, only for updates and patches to become available soon after, to fix all the things that should’ve gone into the original product in the first place.

      Maybe Microsoft pioneered that practice :), but it’s business as usual for software producers these days…

  • I have never had a problem with Vista’s UAC – sure, it’s an extra button to click when I wanted to change something/install a program, but I’d rather that then have random things installing/changing etc etc etc that I didn’t know about.
    And, apart from the odd occasion when something did need to be changed/installed, it is rare to see it.

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