Following a friend's request to test the vodem on a non-Admin account, I was surprised with this dialog box:
While Windows XP would require Administrator rights to install software, with Windows Vista UAC provides ways around this, by temporarily elevating privileges:
User Account Control (UAC) is a new security component Windows Vista. UAC enables users to perform common tasks as non-administrators, called standard users in Windows Vista, and as administrators without having to switch users, log off, or use Run As. A standard user account is synonymous with a user account in Windows XP. User accounts that are members of the local Administrators group will run most applications as a standard user. By separating user and administrator functions while enabling productivity, UAC is an important enhancement for Windows Vista.
The primary difference between a standard user and an administrator in Windows Vista is the level of access the user has over core, protected areas of the computer. Administrators can change system state, turn off the firewall, configure security policy, install a service or a driver that affects every user on the computer, and install software for the entire computer. Standard users cannot perform these tasks and can only install per-user software.
You can see how important is to run as user, instead of Administrator. And even Administrators still need elevation in some cases.
Vodafone has released some updated Mac OS drivers for Intel-based Mac computers, so they are working on vodem support for new OS versions. Based on some Geekzone forum posts it seems Vodafone is working on a vodem driver for Windows Vista. Let's see if they release a new VMC Lite that does not require Administrator privileges to run.
I wonder what's the situation with Telecom New Zealand's dialer for their range of 3G cards?
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