Windows’ User Account Control in practice

If you are looking for a way to use your Windows operational system more effective, you certainly should dive deeper into the topic of its user control. This article will provide you with all of the necessary information you should know about this essential feature of Windows.

User Account Control messaging

With the User Account Control on, users will immediately be prompted with a message of what kind of serious action they are about to do and what will it result. To give you some of the example of this type of action, this can happen while you are installing any updates from Windows, installing a device driver, installing or uninstalling any applications, configuring Windows firewall and its settings, changing a user’s account type or sneaking into another user’s directory.

How was User Account Control developed?

So, before the whole idea of UAC came into play, Windows stuck with a feature called the Power Users Group which is almost equivalent to the administrative power and could perform some of the administrative tasks to some degree and did not require full administration power. Nonetheless, to assign any user to the power user group still required the knowledge to do so which again most small home and office users did not care and still ignored.

This did not dodged Microsoft and they were aware of this potential risky behaviour, hence, they needed to figure out some ways of how to deal with this situation. So they needed to make some following changes in the next version of the Windows to make it a bit easier for the all level of users. This is what they did to achieve it.

The very first things they needed to address was the idea of using the administrator account to run daily tasks. Any kind of user account should be able to do anything as smoothly as possible. If the non-administrator account came across any task that required administrative privilege they need the administrator password. Once the non-administrator user used an administrative password they should no longer be prompted with any password but some sort of dialogue box would do.

With all of these considered the mighty UAC came in as an answer to all of the questions listed above.

With the heavy complains and the heat of Mojave desert coming from the customers, Microsoft deployed a much lighter version of UAC which is less in the face but had the same authority. They released this feature in Windows 7 and all later version of the Windows.

Microsoft did their heavy research on what was driving the users crazy over UAC and they came to the conclusion that it was much in your face, can not be turned off, no support like feedback. To answer these Microsoft implemented  UAC levels.

UAC and the Windows users

The best thing as for the sake of the simplicity for the non-administrator privilege, UAC works fine for both of the  standard and administrator accounts. If in a given scenario, let’s say an standard user wanted to install an application then they would be prompted with a pop up box asking for the administrator password. Just to get a little techy, the technical term for the UAC pop up box is called UAC consent prompt.