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A Microsoft manager has said that one of the security features in Vista was deliberately designed to "annoy users" to put pressure on third-party software makers to make their applications more secure.
Microsoft: Vista feature designed to 'annoy users' [news.zdnet.com]
*** The fact is that there are fewer applications causing prompts. ***
Huh? I get the prompt on every install, and on every upgrade/update.
The most annoying bit is when making or moving or renaming folders - you can be asked more than four times for permission.
The problem with this feature is that it makes the user become complacent about clicking "yes" or "continue" on these messages.
Like g1smd mentioned you get these message for every install so you become used to clicking that message over and over for every install. Soon it becomes part of the install procedure. So when you do go to install a bad app or some malware you will just click through the message warning you anyway because that is how you install something, it isn't until bad things happen that you wonder... what did I click yes to?
UAC prompts are required when a program is starting that may make critical changes. Typically, this means installers or utilities like RegEdit. You may click "yes" automatically but that is because you come to expect the prompt. If such a prompt appeared after clicking a website link, you would not click "yes" automatically because you would not expect the prompt.
The concept of UAC is actually very good, but the implementation is dreadful. The idea behind Data Execution Prevention is also good, but configuration of this is equally dreadful. It is switched off by default (so that programs work) but it ought to be switched on by default for all programs that access the internet. For other programs, it isn't necessary.