Okay so I was playing this morning with Vista where “admin” isn’t even really admin and to get yourself as a real admin you either have to tell the system “yes, I really want to do this” or you have to click on “Run As”.

I have a concern though.

I love it.

But I think we’re going to have to take every single bit of marketing energy behind this and let people know exactly what it’s doing and why it’s doing it.  Just like folks don’t trust what patching does to their system now, I think this needs a strong does of end user/end consumer education.  I want a Security book/video …something…to be inside every OEM Vista system shipped.

People don’t understand what’s going on under the hood with Windows Update and Microsoft Update I think they need to be educated as to what Vista is doing here.  How when even running as “admin” the Internet Explorer says it’s running in “protected mode”.

Get ready folks for a lot of RunAs. And every time you do it, remember it’s the sign of a sucky app……

…and let me just say that Quickbooks 2006 doens’t much like Vista and leave it at that….


One Response to Vista and LUA/UAP/UAC/whatever you want to call it

  1. Alun Jones says:

    It’s mostly about programmers who, rather than sitting down and saying “okay, what kind of access do I need to this file or setting?” are happy to write code that asks for full access… and then makes from that a “product requirement” that it must run as administrator.