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Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP by Russell Smith

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Chapter 4. User Account Control

User Account Control (UAC), introduced in Windows Vista, is a collection of technologies designed to make it easier to run as a standard user, and to help programmers develop applications that work without administrative privileges. In this chapter we'll cover:

  • How the different components of User Account Control work together to provide a seamless user experience
  • User Account Control's application compatibility features
  • How to configure User Account Control on multiple computers using Group Policy
  • The inner workings of User Account Control's core components

Running with standard user privileges was indeed possible before Vista, but required significant work. Limitations in Windows prevented standard users from performing ...

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