|31 Dec 2013||#201|
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I read all of this thread out of curiosity. The only cosmetic changes I ever make to any Windows OS is to the Desktop, changing the background to black with a centred (centered for you in the US) Borg ship, and cancelling the screensaver. But I did fancy changing the boot logo to the Half-Life 3 or Doom 3 biohazard logos, just for fun. Looks a bit fiddly so far, though. Anyway, I would like to make a few off topic comments about some of the content.
I can understand the first poster's annoyance with the answerer, though his response might have been a little less harsh. Some time ago many forum sites rewarded answerers with points which moved them up in the site's heirarchy, gaining them higher ranks and accompanying fancy titles. I regularly had to wade through responses that were useless, timewasting, and clearly indicated that the poster had not read my post at all, and was simply answering to gain those points. It was very annoying.
I'm surprised by the number of posters who seem to disdain this pursuit of tweaking. I approve wholeheartedly, whether for serious or trivial reasons (fun or "because we can"). If you don't want to do it, go watch Scrooge again and join in his frivolity. Hats off to all of you trying hard to make this work. I'm sure you will succeed eventually.
As for security. After first installing Windows 7, I left it alone and booted primarily into XP (I dual Boot), exclusively due to the constant snotty messages that told me I couldn't do this or that because I did not have sufficient privileges whatever - on a machine that I OWN for god's sake. Gaining those privileges proved far too complicated. Drove me crazy. 6 months later I discovered the Hidden Administrator in 7, and have never looked back. The very first thing I do following a fresh install is to invoke the Hidden Administrator and delete the User Account I just installed under. I once mentioned this in a thread somewhere, and got several replies issuing dire warnings and doom-laden scenarios. Nonsense. I had full control in DRDOS, MSDOS, WIN95, 98, 98SE, and XP, and nothing ever went wrong. I've been using 7 in this way for two years without a single security problem. And if it does screw my system up? I just reinstall is all. No big deal. I save all my files to a separate hard drive and have an image of a clean, basic install on a DVD ready to reinstate.
And it's "pooter", not "puter".
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|15 Jan 2014||#206|
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It's good isn't it. Credit, perhaps I mean Respect, to the Microsoft team for coming up with it and then doing it.
Just remember, though, that if any thing or person gains access to your machine, they will gain the same rights and become Administrator. I'm still discussing the potential effects of this in another thread elsewhere, and am considering creating a second User Account with severely limited rights just for when I go online - just in case. I haven't made a decision yet, and I have had no problems running 7 in this way for over two years, but I feel I have to warn you, being responsible for exciting your interest.
I cannot remember details of the threads, but if you want to read all the stuff, I'll post links.
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