Installing Office 97 on Windows 7 can cause some unwanted results, such as no longer allowing end users to modify the settings of User Account Control in the operating system.
Microsoft confirmed the problem and worked on a solution which is currently offering to customers.
The Redmond company has put together an automatic fix which is allowing customers to download and apply through KB 978591.
“In the Windows 7 “System and Security” control panel category, the Action Center lets you change User Account Control (UAC) settings,” the software giant explained.
“In the User Account Control Settings dialog box, you move the slide bar control for notifications, and then you click the OK button. More »
Microsoft is continually adding security mitigations to its Windows operating system, with Windows 7 being the company’s most secure platform to date.
The variety of mitigations in the company’s OS are not designed as impassible barriers, since in fact, given sufficient time and resources, all can be bypassed successfully.
But then again software security is more like a chess game, with Microsoft needing to stay one step ahead of attackers.
Provided that the company manages to make it extremely complex or very expensive for cybercriminals to prey on Windows users, it will also successfully divert attacks and keep them safe, without the need for actual security barriers in the code. More »
Details of a zero-day vulnerability impacting Windows 7 but also Windows Vista and Windows XP have been published in the wild.
Security outfit Prevx discovered the new unpatched security flaw in Windows and shared the details with the world, revealing that successful exploits can get an attacker to elevate the privileges of a non-administrator account.
According to Chester Wisniewski, a Senior Security Advisor at Sophos Canada, not only can the vulnerability be exploited for Elevation of Privileges, but the flaw also allows an attacker to circumvent security mitigations built into Vista and Windows 7, in this particular case the User Account Control (UAC).
Wisniewski explained that the vulnerability resides at the core of the Windows operating system. More »
A simple change made into Windows 7’s registry can cause the operating system to cut access for end users to the settings of the User Account Control feature. According to the Redmond company, the Office 97 has been identified as the source of the problem. Microsoft explains that the issue only occurs in scenarios in which end users attempt to install Office 97. It is the very installation of Office 97 that is responsible for the registry change which cuts off access to the settings of UAC in Windows 7.
“In the Windows 7 “System and Security” control panel category, the Action Center lets you change User Account Control (UAC) settings. In the User Account Control Settings dialog box, you move the slide bar control for notifications, and then you click the OK button. In this scenario, the dialog box does not close, and no change is made. When the mouse pointer is positioned on the OK button, and you press ENTER, the dialog box still does not close, and no change is made,” Microsoft revealed.
Microsoft doesn’t offer a hotfix or an update designed to resolve this specific issue as of yet. However, the Redmond company does have a manual fix in place. Users will be required to essentially mend the problems created with the installation of Office 97 on top of Windows 7. Essentially, users need to put together a file that will modify the Windows 7 registry. For this, they will need nothing more than Notepad. They will need to create a file with the name UAC.reg and place it on the desktop. Next, they will have to copy and paste the following text in the UAC.reg file, save it and close the text editor. More »