Windows 7 Networking and Security: HomeGroup, User Account Controls and More

For the average person, networking and security are two of the biggest causes of OS-related headaches, with so many settings, devices, alerts and threats to stay on top of. With Windows 7, Microsoft attempts a more useful approach to family networking with HomeGroup. It expands its security options, too, but does it… »2/10/09 11:55am2/10/09 11:55am


User Account Control Will Be Less Maddening in Windows 7

Microsoft has realized having a feature specifically designed to annoy you »10/09/08 11:45am10/09/08 11:45am is not so great for user happiness, so they're redesigning User Account Control in Windows 7 to be less horrible. Specifically, there will be fewer pop-ups (since there won't be as many dupes, like from IE) and when the red flag goes up, it'll…

Microsoft: We Designed Vista User Account Control to Piss You Off

The truth is out! Windows Vista's User Account Control makes you want to put your computer through a wall because that's what Microsoft wanted. David Cross, a product manager who designed UAC (sadly, not that one), told attendees at the RSA 2008 conference, "The reason we put UAC into the platform was to annoy users.… »4/11/08 2:20pm4/11/08 2:20pm

Microsoft: User Account Control Is Awesome, Everyone Should Use It

The first thing I did after I installed Windows Vista was disable User Account Control—it's pretty much the most annoying OS feature I've ever dealt with. Microsoft's Chief Security Advisor in Australia, Peter Watson, however thinks that it's "a great idea and strategically a direction that all operating systems and… »5/01/07 7:00pm5/01/07 7:00pm