Delayed User Account Control

Posted: 08-04-2008, 10:48 PM
Usually, it takes a second or less for User Account Control to switch over to
the secure desktop and the same amount of time for it to switch back.
However, whenever I need to provide permission on my computer, the screen
will black out for 3-5 seconds, I get the UAC prompt, and after providing
permission, the screen blacks out again for another 3-5 seconds before
returning to my normal desktop. I honestly have no problem with UAC, but this
unusual delay in brining up the prompt is extremely irritating. On enabling
my computer's guest account, I discovered that the UAC prompt functions
normally on the that account. It is only on my account that it acts slowly.
Any ideas what might be causing this delay? I've spend ages browsing forum
after forum and am still unable to find a solution.

Delayed User Account Control


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NexuS
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Re: Delayed User Account Control
Posted: 08-05-2008, 03:58 PM
I've played around with disabling the secure desktop. But in truth, making my
computer more vulnerable to malware isn't very high on my priority list. I
would rather simply figure out what might be causing the delay rather than
disabling the secure desktop.

And in fact, yes, this delay occurs every time I get the UAC prompt. I at
first suspected that it might have something to do with lack of available
system resources, but I don't believe that is the case seeing as how the
delay times are very consistent with each other.

"Victor Constantinescu" wrote:
> Hi,
> The Uac prompt is displayed on what's called Secure Desktop. This desktop
> receives messages only from system services and it is used to prevent
> malware from masquareding as a UAC prompt. You can set UAC to display the
> notifications on your active dekstop but you give away some security.
>
> To do this go to start > type gpedit.msc in the quick search > in gpedit go
> to Windows settings > Security settings > Local Policies > Security options
> > scroll down to "User account control : switch to secure desktop..." and
> set it to disable.
>
> I'm sure you aren't seeing this delay all the time so you should really
> think if it's really that irritating.
>
> --
> Victor Constantinescu aka YounGun
> Security MVP
> http://victor-youngun.blogspot.com/
>
>
> "NexuS" <NexuS@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:7E2A6172-4D6A-4B75-BD2E-0A63FAB17AE7@microsoft.com...
> > Usually, it takes a second or less for User Account Control to switch over
> > to
> > the secure desktop and the same amount of time for it to switch back.
> > However, whenever I need to provide permission on my computer, the screen
> > will black out for 3-5 seconds, I get the UAC prompt, and after providing
> > permission, the screen blacks out again for another 3-5 seconds before
> > returning to my normal desktop. I honestly have no problem with UAC, but
> > this
> > unusual delay in brining up the prompt is extremely irritating. On
> > enabling
> > my computer's guest account, I discovered that the UAC prompt functions
> > normally on the that account. It is only on my account that it acts
> > slowly.
> > Any ideas what might be causing this delay? I've spend ages browsing forum
> > after forum and am still unable to find a solution.
>
Victor Constantinescu
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Re: Delayed User Account Control
Posted: 08-06-2008, 09:53 AM
Hi,
What are your computer specs? (Proccessor, RAM, Graphics memory)

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http://victor-youngun.blogspot.com/


"NexuS" <NexuS@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:399D7DC2-EE08-4E18-9FCB-B179E3476664@microsoft.com...
> I've played around with disabling the secure desktop. But in truth, making
> my
> computer more vulnerable to malware isn't very high on my priority list. I
> would rather simply figure out what might be causing the delay rather than
> disabling the secure desktop.
>
> And in fact, yes, this delay occurs every time I get the UAC prompt. I at
> first suspected that it might have something to do with lack of available
> system resources, but I don't believe that is the case seeing as how the
> delay times are very consistent with each other.
>
> "Victor Constantinescu" wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>> The Uac prompt is displayed on what's called Secure Desktop. This desktop
>> receives messages only from system services and it is used to prevent
>> malware from masquareding as a UAC prompt. You can set UAC to display the
>> notifications on your active dekstop but you give away some security.
>>
>> To do this go to start > type gpedit.msc in the quick search > in gpedit
>> go
>> to Windows settings > Security settings > Local Policies > Security
>> options
>> > scroll down to "User account control : switch to secure desktop..."
>> and
>> set it to disable.
>>
>> I'm sure you aren't seeing this delay all the time so you should really
>> think if it's really that irritating.
>>
>> --
>> Victor Constantinescu aka YounGun
>> Security MVP
>> http://victor-youngun.blogspot.com/
>>
>>
>> "NexuS" <NexuS@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:7E2A6172-4D6A-4B75-BD2E-0A63FAB17AE7@microsoft.com...
>> > Usually, it takes a second or less for User Account Control to switch
>> > over
>> > to
>> > the secure desktop and the same amount of time for it to switch back.
>> > However, whenever I need to provide permission on my computer, the
>> > screen
>> > will black out for 3-5 seconds, I get the UAC prompt, and after
>> > providing
>> > permission, the screen blacks out again for another 3-5 seconds before
>> > returning to my normal desktop. I honestly have no problem with UAC,
>> > but
>> > this
>> > unusual delay in brining up the prompt is extremely irritating. On
>> > enabling
>> > my computer's guest account, I discovered that the UAC prompt functions
>> > normally on the that account. It is only on my account that it acts
>> > slowly.
>> > Any ideas what might be causing this delay? I've spend ages browsing
>> > forum
>> > after forum and am still unable to find a solution.
>>
NexuS
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Re: Delayed User Account Control
Posted: 08-06-2008, 04:05 PM
HP Pavilion dv9008nr
AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 1.6 GHz (per core)
2.00 GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 (32 MB adapter RAM, 521 MB shared RAM)

Let me know if you require any additional information.

"Victor Constantinescu" wrote:
> Hi,
> What are your computer specs? (Proccessor, RAM, Graphics memory)
>
> --
> Victor Constantinescu aka YounGun
> Security MVP
> http://victor-youngun.blogspot.com/
Victor Constantinescu
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Re: Delayed User Account Control
Posted: 08-08-2008, 10:42 AM
Hi,
That's a decent configuration. Are you running any memory intesive programs?
Right-click Computer > Properties > Advanced system settings > under
performance, click advanced > select adjust for best performance.

"NexuS" wrote:
> HP Pavilion dv9008nr
> AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 1.6 GHz (per core)
> 2.00 GB RAM
> NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 (32 MB adapter RAM, 521 MB shared RAM)
>
> Let me know if you require any additional information.
>
> "Victor Constantinescu" wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> > What are your computer specs? (Proccessor, RAM, Graphics memory)
> >
> > --
> > Victor Constantinescu aka YounGun
> > Security MVP
> > http://victor-youngun.blogspot.com/
NexuS
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Re: Delayed User Account Control
Posted: 08-08-2008, 08:23 PM
Thank you so much for all your help! Upon investigation, I discovered that
the Aero settings were causing the delay. Not wanting to sacrifice the visual
superiority of Aero, I uninstalled and reinstalled my display drivers, and
that resolved the problem.

"Victor Constantinescu" wrote:
> Hi,
> That's a decent configuration. Are you running any memory intesive programs?
> Right-click Computer > Properties > Advanced system settings > under
> performance, click advanced > select adjust for best performance.
 
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