Windows 7 UAC changes just 'lipstick,' argues vendor

They don't change basic problems with the controversial security feature

The company ported Privilege Manager to Vista in March 2007, shortly after Microsoft unveiled the then-new operating system. With Privilege Manager, an enterprise's IT staff can set users' rights so that workers are still protected by UAC, but don't see its often-constant messages.

McCarley and Beauregard denied that BeyondTrust is worried about losing business when Windows 7 gives administrators and users more control over UAC. In fact, the changes slated for Windows 7 are such that the market for the Privilege Manager will not shrink when Windows 7 debuts, they claimed.

It comes as no surprise that Microsoft modified UAC in Windows 7. Earlier this year, the company tagged the feature as one of five it said contributed to Vista's slow adoption. At the time, Microsoft said UAC had gotten a "bad rap" and was "misunderstood."

"We want to continue to work with Microsoft in a very cooperative manner," said BeyondTrust's McCarley. "But the additional work in Windows 7 is beneficial only to the administrator, and that's not what we want. The end objective of an enterprise should be to have everyone run as a standard user."

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Gregg Keizer

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