Mickey on Vista

On March 1, 2007, in news, by

So we’ve established that Sister has a new Vista laptop… and one of the things we had to upgrade was not a printer…but a monitor because we wanted a wider screen.  I was in the doghouse over the fact that I forgot to backup her pictures that she puts in her IM window ….. but tonight she hit me on IM and said….  

…. I think she’s getting the hang of Vista, don’t you?

Five days up, Two UAC prompts while installing the Disney screensaver and what not.  For those that want to install and think UAC is annoying… install the OS or buy the machine with Vista.  Disable UAC while you are bringing the system up to ‘baseline’. (In other words install all the crud and crap and uninstall all the Dell OEM crud and crap).  Put UAC back on.

Some programs we’ve had to “run as XP sp2 in compatibility mode”. But so far…. so good. 


One Response to Mickey on Vista

  1. Indy says:

    Better yet, most of the people reading this are probably small biz sysadmins that already should have the mantra not to randomly click files/websites/etc and know their way around a machine. We aren’t getting spyware, and we aren’t seeing our machines rooted.
    UAC doesn’t help these people get their job done. UAC will not be read every time, so what is the point?

    All UAC is doing is drilling a common security principle into people’s heads over and over and over again. It arguably is dangerous because many people simply will click to get it away, as I found myself doing for getting into the display properties. It should not be used 100% because it does impact getting work done: and that is why we use our computers as tools.

    Imagine a nailgun that popped up every use of the product?
    Imagine a car that flashed, “are you sure you want to turn right?”

    I cannot imagine any sysadmin that wants to get things done leaving this on. Why don’t you hold a poll, and find out? Vista’s been out a while now, people are testing it. I’ve been testing it for three weeks, I manage several domains, and UAC just *had* to go. But I don’t just start acting differently. I don’t allow executables from strange sources near my network. I don’t allow admins on my network. ETC.