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Editor's Note

Top 5 Windows Vista Nuisances

Is Vista the operating system you love to hate, or the one you hate to love? Those conflicting thoughts have surfaced for me after nine months of living with the OS.

My take: Vista wouldn't be my primary OS if I didn't really like it, but it's still got issues. Five in particular stick in my craw.

Perhaps my biggest gripe involves the User Account Controls (UACs), those intrusive security-warning dialog boxes, which seemingly pop up every time you want to do anything.

They're supposed to protect users from launching malware or bad executables. However, as I've previously written, they pop up so frequently they're the computer equivalent of the airline ticket agent asking you if anyone has handled your luggage. Microsoft has made noises about improving the user experience surrounding the UACs, but hasn't done much.

Read the rest of my Vista gripe list, here.

Alexander Wolfe
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