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I'd like to get some input from Windows 7 users regarding the User Account Control (UAC) feature, whether you use it or not (and why/why not if you choose to add) and opinions on it's usefulness, effectiveness, etc. and of course, whether you find it just plain annoying.
While I always suggest that users leave UAC settings alone, I don't follow my own advice. I set UAC to off on my systems. Needless to say I take every other precaution to insure that the system is well protected and safe. New users should certainly leave it at default, and more experienced users are safe setting it to a lower setting - but still on. An easy way to manage uac is with a simple third party app name tweakuac: http://www.tweak-uac.com/home/ .
I use the Notify me only when programs try to make changes... setting and use this shortcut tweak : Elevated Program Shortcut without UAC Prompt for my most commonly used programs. I barely hear a peep from UAC yet benefit from the added protection it provides without the "annoyance" of the extra mouse click. Funny how people see one extra mouseclick as "hard work" and disable UAC for this reason only.