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I was dreading having Vista after all the bad things I'd heard about it but, to be honest, it's been fine. I did have to turn UAC and some other stuff off, but after that I've had no probs.
Turning off UAC reduces Vistas better security in that it then runs I think like a
XP Admin acct and anything nasty getting in will gain admin privs.
The POINT of UAC is ant action requiring ADMIN action like installing updates, programs, etc requires MANUAL user action to approve ADMIN level action.
Turning off UAC leaves your PC auto installing updates, virius, trojans, etc.
I keep UAC on, the only times it comes up is where I need do something that requires that Admin level.
Otherwise your then simply using the PC at a User level like XP's user accts... to do things requiring admin in XP you have to log out of user acct and log into admin acct, with vista , with UAC on you simply OK the temp allowing of acct to admin level to do something like install a program.
My viewpoint is UAC safeguards you from what was a big weakness in XP... unless
used XP in User acct, you were open to attks if say surfed the net using
XP admin acct.
In Vista anything requiring installing pretty much demands you approve it via UAC...
Something not expected you can deny admin level and so
So turning off UAC ... weakens security
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