Vista’s UAC – An exercise in frustation?

From Slashdot

I had probably the most frustrating ten minutes i have ever spent on a computer before.
Start, typed in regedit enter.
Vista:Are you sure you want to run this program?
Me: Yes. I went OUT of my way, hit start, run and typed in the pogram name I wanted. Thanks for checking though. (click) ….
Edit the registry, close it. That was easy. ….
double clicked on setup. Stupid shield on my icon, what does that mean?
Vista: are you sure you want to run this? it’s a program, you know.
Me: Oh that must be what the shield is for. Vista feels like it should protect me from software!
Vista: This is from AMD. Do you trust AMD?
Me: yes, they pay me. I trust them. (click) …..
Install……that was easy. ….
Oops, there’s a problem. Well, let’s grab the correct file from the build server and copy it over …
Open my computer, go to program files ….
Vista: Are you sure you want to go there?
Me:Yes (click) …
open up the application folder ….
drag a file from a network share to the application folder….
Vista: Are you sure you want to overwrite this file?
Me: Yes (click)
Vista:A program wants to write to the Program Files folder. Is this ok?
Me: Yes (click)
Vista:You are trying to copy from a network share to the program files folder. This isn’t allowed. Hit ok.
Me: (Pounds head) (click) ….
Drag to Desktop. ….
Drag from desktop to application folder. …
Vista:
Are you sure you want to overwrite this file?
me: for the love of god yes
Vista:A program wants to write to the Program Files folder. Is this ok?
Me: Die.Die.Die.Die.

3 thoughts on “Vista’s UAC – An exercise in frustation?”

  1. To help reduce some confusion to .NET developers trying to work with UAC and are finding that there is no easy way to show the shield icon in their .NET applications, check out the blog I wrote on exactly how to do this in C#: ” HREF=”http://www.buildingsecurecode.com/2007/04/03/programmatically-displaying-the-windows-user-account-control-uac-elevated-shield-icon-in-net-windows-form-application-buttons/” REL=”nofollow”>How to Display the UAC Shield Icon inside .NET
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    Thanks,

    Kevin


    Kevin Lam
    Impacta LLC (Impacta Labs)

    Building Secure Code

    “Risk management solutions working for you”

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