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Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Noyb, Feb 14, 2007.

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  1. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    I’ve had to disable my User Account Control.

    Not to mention that I’m tired of saying yes 50 times when I want to do something ..
    It’s been preventing me from installing programs.

    I just discovered that WinPatrol has been updated to work with Vista.

    I liked WinPatrol in my XP OS …
    It stopped a lot of programs from being added to the startup list ..
    And a bunch of other junk being added that I don’t like.

    I’m thinking WinPatrol is better that Vista’s User Account Control.

    Comments ???
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

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    Unfortunately I suspect that will be a fairly common practice. Very annoying when you want to do even simple things. Not sure how secure it will really turn out to be in the future anyway.
     
  3. Noyb

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    I'm wondering if WinPatrol will be a good substitute ??
    Looks like it does about the same thing .. but a whole lot better.
     
  4. loserOlimbs

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    I'm still using UAC myself.

    I can live with the annoyances for now.

    First time I heard of WinPatrol though, have it bookmarked and on the "to do" list. If I like it when I get around to trying it I'll give you my thoughts.
     
  5. bigk

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    I heard about this in the past. So Windows: Vista keeps asking if you want some thing to happen and you choose yes or no right? Well, does it keep asking the same question regarding what the answer was yesterday when it asks you? When you reboot does windows all of the sudden forget your answer to what ever it asked you? Does it learn what you like and dis like when it comes to this? Does it ask you the same question, during the same day? Is it some thing that triggers it to ask you? Or is to totally random? Wasn't the intended purpose for these annoying pop up windows was to stop spyware/malware/virus etc? How is it working? Is there much improvement?

    As you can see I don't know Windows: Vista yet. :D ;)

    Sorry about all the questions. :rolleyes:

    Bigk :)
     
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    YES .. sort of... It's like a nagging wife that can't remember anything.
    Maybe this'll help you understand the new Mac Commercials.

    If you try to download something in Vista with UAC enabled .. it will keep asking you if you really want to do this.

    Haven't played much with WinPatrol in Vista yet ..
    But in XP - if you install something it will ask you if something wants to be added to your startup list .. BHOs .. etc ..
    I usually say NO to all this addon garbage.

    From WinPatol ..
    You can review and control you startup list, active programs, scheduled tasks .. etc.

    Before .. I never let WinPatrol run in the background ... But .. used it as a system browser.

    Once upon a time ... was browsing my running programs and saw something (unknown)....that really didn't look right.
    Now I let Win Patrol run all the time.
    http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html

    From my XP boot ...
     

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    Hi bigk.
    It is not neccessary to suffer the popups in Vista. There are several postings in these pages, explaining how to achieve that, some by myself. However, Microsoft's intention was to improve the security, and disabling these functions will lower that, of course. As Microsofts security will, in any case, be hacked, a better option is, as always with XP, keep a good Anti virus and spy program resident.
     
  8. TechB

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    Here's a good link explaining UAC and why it's important.

    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/security/uac.aspx
     
  9. TechB

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    Winpatrol is not a substitue for UAC. It is similar to Windows Defender.
     
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    Is windows defender a substitute for spyware programs?
     
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    Windows Defender is Microsoft's antispyware program. It's not my favorite but it is free with Vista and it is fairly decent. A well protected computer includes more than one spyware scanner but only one real time antispyware program active a time. As Windows Defender is free and already setup when you install Vista that is what most people use for the active real time solution.
     
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    I posted a way to reduce the annoyingness of uac but can't remember where.

    if you are experienced with computers than you might not need uac, i don't have it on.

    however if you aren't then you definitely should.
     
  13. TechB

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    Experience with computers has nothing to do with using UAC. Turning it off is a personal decision akin to not wearing a seatbelt in your car. A lot of driving experience may help you avoid accidents but when you do get in one seatbelts can be very useful.
     
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    The ITechies reviews' spoke of this annoyance but most still recomended not doing it.

    The prompt won't appear as often, once you get config's and setting fully customized. If you do now have it disabled, you probably should re-enable it as soon as is convenient...



    http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877_11-6140182.html
    see #7...
     
  15. Noyb

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    Here's the Scenario ..
    I installed Vista and started installing programs... and started taking the UAC question and answer test.
    a Couple programs later (being Photoshop SC2) .. I got the error
    "program directory invalid .. installation canceled"

    So .. I reinstalled Vista.
    This time I installed PSC2 (First) .. and all went well.
    Then I started installing a few more programs.
    2 or 3 programs later .. I got the same error.

    Then I shutdown UAC ... and so far .. so good.

    So, My concern isn't the UAC Q&A test ... it's the stupid errors .. with no recourse... no explanation.

    If I hadn't tried disabling UAC .. I'd still be hung up with a junk OS.
    What problems will it cause next ???
     
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