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Introduction

As organizations become aware of the heightened internal and external security risk caused by local administrator users, and the need to meet industry or governmental regulations becomes more commonplace, many businesses are using the migration away from Windows XP as a catalyst to achieve a state of least privilege. These migrations to Windows 7/8 are presenting IT managers across the globe with significant challenges.

Two of the largest issues facing IT teams are legacy applications that are not compatible with Windows 8, and User Account Control (UAC) prompts which are displayed whenever an action is taken that requires administrator access.

To overcome these challenges, privilege management technologies such as Avecto's Defendpoint can be implemented as part of the Windows 8 rollout, enabling a range of benefits that remove the burden on the IT team, while empowering the end user.

In this paper, we take a look at these challenges in more detail and learn how by effectively deploying Defendpoint as part of a Windows 8 rollout, it is possible to overcome issues with legacy applications and access rights.


"Two of the largest issues facing IT teams are legacy applications that are not compatible with Windows 8, and User Account Control(UAC) prompts which are displayed whenever an action is taken that requires administrator access."