Windows Vista Annoyance #1: User Account Control
March 23, 2007
I’ve been pretty quiet the past two days. Why? Because I was otherwise occupied updating my laptop after installing Windows Vista Home Premium on it. Folks, if you’re a novice-to-medium computer user, and if you’re reasonably happy with your current Vista-less PC computer, don’t upgrade to Vista. It’s a lot of work, and I ended up erasing everything on my laptop (including my personal files). Luckily I had everything already copied to a back-up hard drive. And the new features of Vista aren’t really worth the laborious upgrade. Of course, if you buy or bought a new laptop that comes with Vista already built-in, you’ll be fine.
I quickly found one feature of Windows Vista to be annoying: its “User Account Control.” If you make any changes to Vista’s settings, or add a new program, the screen dims and a small window pops up asking you if you’re sure you want to make the change or addition. The first time it happened to me, I was like, “Whoa, what is this, this is scary. But thanks anyhow.” The second, third, fourth time this window appeared (once for each change I make), I was like, “Ok, I know what you are, thanks, but I’m fine.” But after the seventh, eleventh, nay, twentieth time this window appeared, I was becoming hot and bothered with this feature.
Took me a while to find out how to turn the User Account Control feature off, but here’s how:
1) Click on the Windows logo on the lower left corner (which used to be the “Start” menu);
2) Click on “Controls Panel,” and then select “User Accounts.”
3) At the bottom of the “User Accounts” box, click on “Turn User Account Control on or off”
4) Uncheck the box next to “Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer”
5) Click on “OK”
6) Do this for each user account (if you have more than one in your computer)
6) Restart your computer for the changes to take effect
And hey presto, Vista Annoyance #1 taken care of. I’m sure I’ll have more “Annoyances” blog posts coming up …