Making Vista UAC Workable

I know I am not the only one who has considered completely disabling the User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista, or actually gone ahead and disabled that sucker! Recently I had a situation where UAC was preventing me from completing a project, and I had to disable UAC long enough to install and run a new app. Since then I have discovered tow possible workarounds to this issue.

Both solutions take the approach of letting you flag often-used applications and the level of security required to run them. It then stores that information so that the next time you execute the application, it already knows your response, and you can proceed without getting that annoying UAC prompt.

The first solution comes from the dailyApps blog, and is based on use of the Application Compatibility ToolKit from Microsoft. Click here to read the details. The second solution comes from NortonLabs, is is simply entitled UAC Tool. Their approach is to put a wrapper around Vista UAC, building a whitelist database of your frequently-used apps, while still relying on the UAC security system.

I’d be interested in finding out what others think of either or both solution.

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