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Microsoft® Windows 7 Your Way: Speed Up and Customize Windows by Michael Miller

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11. Configuring User Account Control

Keeping your system safe is an admirable goal. So is making your system easy to use. When one of these goals conflicts with the other, you compromise either security or usability—or both. This is what happened in Windows Vista, with its then-new User Account Control feature, which was well-intentioned but overly intrusive. Well, Microsoft redesigned User Account Control in Windows 7, so it’s now something you can configure your way—and strike the right balance between security and usability.

Understanding User Account Control

As the world’s most-used computer operating system, Windows has always been subject to attack from computer hackers, malicious techies looking for some sort of “hole” that would let ...

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