on Vista UAC

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User Account Control, or UAC, is the latest in Microsoft’s anti-malware weaponry. UAC blocks all user-initiated and malware-initiated actions on a workstation that require administrative privileges.

The intention of UAC is to make users aware of all privileged operations on the system, including any that are initiated without their knowledge by malware.

VistaUAC goes a step further. If a non-privileged user wishes to perform a privileged action, such as edit the system registry, UAC will not only alert the user of this fact, but provide a means for the user (or some other person) to enter privileged-user credentials (like a cash register supervisor over-ride) that will permit the privileged operation to take place.

From an upcoming article on Vista UAC

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