Linked by lucas_maximus on Mon 16th Jan 2012 22:45 UTC
Microsoft "Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of Bill Gates's trustworthy computing memo, which made securing applications from the ground up a key priority at Microsoft for the first time. The directive followed a period during which Redmond took a sustained shelling over the instability and insecurity of its software, especially in Internet Explorer and Outlook, highlighted by the damage caused by high-profile malware outbreaks such as the rampaging Love Bug, Melissa and Nimda nasties."
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RE[2]: so much for 10 years
by avgalen on Tue 17th Jan 2012 17:21 UTC in reply to "RE: so much for 10 years"
avgalen
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2010-09-23

That will not be fixed in Windows 8. It got fixed in Windows Vista! That was the main reason for User Account Control (UAC).

Actually, nothing was broken in the first place in the operating system as it was perfectly possible to work as a normal user in Windows 2000 and Windows XP but Vista made it easy to change into admin mode when needed only. As you could see from all those popups UAC threw there were just a lot of applications that required admin rights for no good reason except "easier for the developer that only runs/tests as admin anyway". The worst example of requiring admin-rights for no good reason is to double-click on the clock in XP (SHOWING the time+date actually required admin rights)

As I said, this got fixed in Vista because people complained about too many UAC-prompts and all developers finally started to test software as a normal user.

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