Features of UAC in Windows® 7
Get to know more about the benefits of UAC in Windows 7
User Account Control (UAC) is an application in your operating system which will defend your computer against hackers and malicious software. If at any time a program prepares to bring about a major change to your computer, UAC informs you and asks for permission. This is an application which was introduced in Windows Vista. It is less intrusive and more flexible. If you have the privilege of being administrator on your PC, you can modify UAC's notification settings in the Control Panel. It prompts up a dialog box seeking your consent to continue or stop whenever a system-level change is made. It has several changes in Windows 7 when compared to that of Windows Vista. In this OS there are options for the users to choose their 'comfort level' in UAC notifications and the user interface is improved by providing more relevant and additional information. The default user account created during the installation in Windows 7 will be protected but with a different UAC setting.
Given below are the features and benefits of UAC in Windows 7:
- Role of UAC
- Features of UAC
- Advantages of UAC in Windows 7
Role of UAC
The major role of UAC is to inform an ordinary user that when a task requires the rights of the Protected Administrator account. In Windows 7 Microsoft has aimed at encouraging people to logon as standard users and not with the administrator account. To achieve this Windows 7 enables standard users to perform certain operations that used to require administrative rights before. Therefore the default Windows 7 UAC mode has reduced the number of prompts thereby making the administration experience smoother. The UAC appears to remind the user of the importance of the change they are about to make in case of registry settings modification, etc.
Features of UAC
The main feature of UAC is that it makes Windows 7 more user-friendly. In this OS, UAC separates administrative operations from the standard user operations. In Windows 7 several actions like refreshing the system's IP address, using Windows Update to install optional updates and drivers, changing the display DPI, and viewing the current firewall settings have been made accessible to standard users. When UAC is activated all user accounts along with administrative accounts run with standard user rights.
The primary goal of UAC is to facilitate more users to run with standard user rights. One of its technologies-the consent prompt-acts as a security feature. Microsoft has provided freedom to adjust UAC levels using a slider with four settings: Never notify, only notify me when programs try to make changes to my computer, always notify me, always notify me and wait for my response. Even when the slider is set to "Never Notify" some UAC protections will still be in effect, including Protected Mode in Internet Explorer.