A few months ago I wrote a piece about Vista User Access Control (UAC). The gist of it was that while the concept of UAC is good, the way in which it has been implemented will cause many people to turn it off. Obviously when turned off it doesn’t do anybody any good. I asserted that if Microsoft had relaxed the rules a little bit, at least in the initial system configuration stage, a lot more people would be likely to use UAC in the long run.
A poll running at 4sysops validates my intuition. Of the 1,189 people who participated in the poll 66% have switched off UAC completely and another 8% disabled or modified portions of it. Only 25% of these Vista users are still using UAC in its full capacity. This poll does not include people who where so bummed out by UAC that they uninstalled Vista completely – and I’m personally familiar with several people who did just that.