This is far from 'news' though since I instantly knew this was possible when I first saw the UAC change mentioned in the list of differences between Vista and Win7. Really everybody should have seen this coming since its so fucking obvious.
Oh and most UAC complaints are still the fault of the software you are running. For example the Blizzard updater STILL always asks for OS shutdown privileges as soon as its started when it has zero need for it.
^^ exactly.. 96.85 is the version that windows update installed, and it -claimed- '08 Dec, however more involved details show files dated '06 and the version is .. 96.85, which was released in 06... and it's the latest "vista" driver on nvidia's site for my card, as well...
Vista's new 'security' *cough*DRM*cough* requirements forbid the usage of anymore unified drivers so now all those so called unified drivers are really just the drivers for every single hardware version bundled together and the installer picks the correct one. So you can perty much throw away any graphics cards older than 2 or 3 years since you have no hope of anybody actually spending time to update the specific drivers for them.
Oddly those same requirements disallow the usage of just wiring the sound cards SPDIF output into the video cards HDMI output but I've heard that's exactly what Nvidia has been doing. But then again when Vista launched and for quite a while afterwords there wasn't a single video card that supported HDCP.
You see if Windows was made by a company that just made operating systems and wasn't so tied into the other companies by stuff like Xbox Live Marketplace, Zune, being a game publisher, being an ISP, and countless other ways that Microsoft is forced to be a puppet of the entertainment industries, they could have just told them to all fuck off and said no to DRM and still would have been able to play everything on Windows just because its the most popular operating system and the consumers would have demanded it from the entertainment industries.
Right now its got such strict DRM engineered into the core of the operating system that it makes me fear for my life when people start using it for critical computer systems.