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Windows 7: Some changes in Win 7 that I don't really like.

08 Feb 2014   #1
Jimintexas

32 bit Win 7
 
 
Some changes in Win 7 that I don't really like.

Maybe it's an option that I just don't know about or something like that, but ot appears to me that there are some changes from the way things were done in Win XP, features and ways of doing things, that I'm just not comfortable with.
1. Passwords: It used to be, in Win XP, that the machine would ask me if I wanted it to remember my password. I liked that feature, I used if frequently, especially in places that I didn't go to often and it would not present a big risk security to me. In Win 7 this doesn't seem to be there, or am I missing something?
2. when downloading programs from the internet I used to be able to save them to some place and then open them up on whatever drive that I wanted to or copy them to disc. Now with Win 7, It downloads it to a "downloads" file and it will install the program onto my "C" drive only. What if I wanted to load it onto my "E" drive, or copy it to disc? Is there a way to do this that I'm missing?


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08 Feb 2014   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I'm a little confused about item #1. Are you talking about an internet browser not asking to remember passwords? Most of them do, and it seems to be a default that you have to turn off if you don't want it to ask.

#2: Most properly written installers will allow you to install a program on whichever drive you like. You simply have to tell the installer where to install it. Note that it will default to the C: drive because that's where the system files are kept. It's also where your "Program Files" folders are. You can still have an installer override the auto setting for the C: drive, by specifying the drive at install time.
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08 Feb 2014   #3
Jimintexas

32 bit Win 7
 
 

what I am talking abouit in #1 is when I was using XP, the first time that I used a site that required a password/user name I would get a message that asked me "Would you like Windows to remember this password?". It specifically said WINDOWS, not the site or the browser. I use AOL and they don't offer this as an option. As to #2 when I try to download ububtu, a Linux program, I get a pop up that asks if I want to save it and there are no options as to where I can save it. It goes to my downloads folder. From that folder it will only either delete or install and there are ni iptions fir me to install it on anything but my C hard drive. How do I install it on my E hard disc?
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08 Feb 2014   #4
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

As Mellonhead suggested, passwords are saved in browsers, not windows itself. Maybe you are just using a newer version of your previous browser and the defaults need to be set differently. This is also where you can decide on a location for all downloads to save. Do a little reading on whatever browser you are using and all will be revealed!

There are a few programs which do not give you an install option. Apparently Ubuntu is one of them?
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08 Feb 2014   #5
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums Jim.

As has been stated, the password save thing is a browser thing. It is not related to W7. I would suggest that you move away from AOL's browser. It seems that they are not updating it often enough. AOL 9.7 seems to be surfing the web with Chrome 21. That version of Chrome is almost 2 years old and has many security flaws in it.

Ubuntu is an operating system and as such, sould be installed like whs mentions here:
Loading up a second HD
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08 Feb 2014   #6
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jimintexas View Post
what I am talking abouit in #1 is when I was using XP, the first time that I used a site that required a password/user name I would get a message that asked me "Would you like Windows to remember this password?". It specifically said WINDOWS, not the site or the browser. I use AOL and they don't offer this as an option.
Whatever it says, Windows does not store passwords directly. Browsers do. If you are using AOL's own browser, you need to talk to their support and ask how you can store passwords using AOL browser.

Some examples, first from Internet Explorer 11 and under it from Opera Browser:
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jimintexas View Post
As to #2 when I try to download ububtu, a Linux program, I get a pop up that asks if I want to save it and there are no options as to where I can save it. It goes to my downloads folder. From that folder it will only either delete or install and there are ni iptions fir me to install it on anything but my C hard drive. How do I install it on my E hard disc?
All browsers let you choose where to save. Screenshots show examples from Maxthon and under it from Internet Explorer:
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Kari


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08 Feb 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think you are talking about browser settings - not the OS. I have both functions you mention in IE.

Hmm, Kari beat me to it and in a lot more detail, LOL.
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