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Comments on Friday 22 May 2009:
I just accidentally discovered a feature in Windows Vista. If you run an administrator command prompt (right-clicking the command-prompt thing and select run as administrator and click OK on the permission request), then kill explorer with task manager, then re-run explorer from that administrative command prompt, you get special administrative explorer in which everything you do has administrator privileges.

I noticed this when selecting 'run' to type 'cmd' as I usually do, it gave me a command prompt marked administrator, as it usually doesn't. Then I noticed that the 'run' dialog box says "this task will be created with administrative privileges", which it also usually doesn't.

So if you're someone who is annoyed by all those security confirmation dialogs (or if you're reinstalling everything on your computer so you're going to be getting one every 3 seconds), this is a way to get around them. Nothing asks for confirmation in this state. [13:59]

maxor
I'm really at the point where windows of all versions is grating heavily on my nerves with confirmation messages. If I have to concover and answer yes to 3 confirmations about really wanting to see my program and systems folders, and type in my administrator password to install things, when I am there I probably really do mean to allocate more memory to this proccess when I am running it in a windows compatability window.

I have to wonder how much in the way of resources all this unneeded you sure you want to do this features takes up? I like having a pretty GUI but really I don't need it alot of the time. What would it take for MS to give customers a reasonable choice of not installing all the stupid little things on start-up?

maxor
and yes I know I can turn a fair portion of it off at start-up and even more if I run through after install and delete or modify it out of my windows folders but why does it get installed in the first place when all most people use their computers for is webbrowsing, and word processing?

RavenBlack
The problem is, it's a security thing - if you had a clear option to turn it off, everyone would turn it off, and then all the people who actually are silly enough to need it wouldn't have it. People who are smart enough to not need it can find the options to turn it off. So I can see the sense behind it, especially since silly people getting their computers virussy is what fuels spam.

maxor
Why not simply let you choose weather or not to have it when you install the operating system? Say two nice big check boxes that say. In the first 1 "Would you like to operating system to warn you before you make any changes to the computer outside of saving a media file or .d0c?" and a second one that says, "Should windows warn you before allowing you to use your computer?"

RavenBlack
Again, because everyone would choose "never warn me of anything I AM SMORT" and then get packed with spam-sending viruses and bewilderedly ask their computer-savvy friends why their computer is so slow.

Not that it actually makes a difference, because the same people will just robotically click "yes I meant to do that" at the prompt and end up full of viruses anyway.
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