By Ed Bott
User Account Control is one of Windows Vista's most controversial and most misunderstood features. In this walkthrough, I'll help you smooth over some of its harder edges without shutting it off completely.
By default, the consent dialog box appears on a dark background. That feature is called the Secure Desktop, and it demands your undivided attention. Until you click Continue or Cancel, you can't do anything else.
For the full story and step-by-step instructions, see Fixing Windows Vista, Part 2: Taming UAC