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Why does W8 have so many security prompts?

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by phailyoor View Post
    Right. In windows 7, the slider completely disables UAC. In Windows 8, it does not. UAC is still very much active, even though "most" prompts should be gone.
    Actually, no. It was exactly the same in Windows 7. Sliding the slider down did NOT disable UAC. In there was a checkbox to turn it on and off, but they replaced it with the slider in Windows 7 and took away the ability to turn it off from the UI.
    Really? I might be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that the slider can completely disable UAC in 7.

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  2. #12


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    In Windows 7, the slider set to the bottom level turns UAC completely off with EnableUA set to 0.

    In Windows 8, the slider set to the bottom level turns UAC just about completely. As Wolfgang posted, if EnableUA is set to 0 in Windows 8, then it will cause issues with some Metro apps not working. You still do not get prompted by UAC with the bottom level though.
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    In Windows 7, the slider set to the bottom level turns UAC completely off with EnableUA set to 0.
    Right, but not by default if you slide it to the bottom. You need the registry setting as well. In this respect it works exactly the same on Windows 7 and Windows 8, but Windows 8 has the added problem that without UAC on some metro apps have problesm.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    In Windows 7, the slider set to the bottom level turns UAC completely off with EnableUA set to 0.
    Right, but not by default if you slide it to the bottom. You need the registry setting as well. In this respect it works exactly the same on Windows 7 and Windows 8, but Windows 8 has the added problem that without UAC on some metro apps have problesm.
    Actually, The registry key is automatically set by the slider in windows 7. It is not automatic in 8.
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  6. #16


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    For normal usage, you should keep UAC on for security reasons, but everyone is free to customize their OS.
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  7. #17


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    The point I am making perhaps can be explained by this. I downloaded a program that makes a flash drive bootable. When I ran it a message pops up that I need to run it with Admin rights even though I do have Admin rights for my User Account. Running it with Admin rights did indeed make it run. I bet you that if I ran this under W7 It would run without this message. This is what I meant about more prompts in W8.

    I am guessing that since I have the UAC slider at it's lowest level this might be the cause of the message in light of the fact that under W8 UAC is not off using the slider. Maybe I would have gotten the usual UAC message when running the program if my slider was set to normal? I
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