this is an OS?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Talk' started by William Gill, May 5, 2009.

  1. William Gill

    William Gill Guest

    I have been using Windows, and *nix for years, and am not happy when the
    folks at MS decide to change how things work for absolutely no reason.
    I have XP Pro on my mail machine, and Vista Premium on my wife's (which
    I avoid like the plague). Now I replaced one of my laptops, and
    (unfortunately) it comes with Vista Home. Instead of increasing my
    productivity, I now have to spend at least a half hour researching how
    to get this POS (piece of ___) to do even the simplest task. I can't
    even drag & drop a dictionary file into a text editor sub folder.

    Everything takes special permission, and I have to jump through hoops to
    "run as administrator" half the time. Is there a simple way to put
    "operating" back in this "system?"
    William Gill, May 5, 2009
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  2. William Gill

    AndyN Guest

    Switch User Account Control off, go to start menu, type user account into
    the search box, click user accounts, click turn user account control on or
    off, uncheck the box, click ok and restart your pc. That should get rid of
    the dreadful 'do you have permission' pop up window.
    AndyN, May 5, 2009
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  3. From <>:

    Disable UAC:
    reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    (Enable UAC again:)
    reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

    From <>:

    No UAC prompts for Administrator:
    reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    (Enable UAC prompts for Administrator again:)
    reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

    Good luck. YMMV
    Michael Bednarek, May 6, 2009
  4. William Gill

    William Gill Guest

    Disabling UAC seemed to help. I actually found simple instructions in
    help (imagine that).

    As for downgrading or upgrading, I didn't want Vista Home in the first
    place (would have preferred XP) but it's an inexpensive machine who's
    primary purpose is a wireless terminal of my main (not mail) machine,
    and for email, word processing and minor "paperwork" functions. It
    seems better now.

    Thanks all for prompt practical responses (I hate all those responses
    that want to recreate the watch when you ask for the time).
    William Gill, May 6, 2009
  5. William Gill

    William Gill Guest

    Though your response exhibits a lack of any helpful content, and exposes
    a significant deficiency in manners, it is quite possible you were
    raised by a pack of computer literate wolves, so I won't hold that
    against you. Although, it is more likely a result of self indulgent
    arrogance and a superiority complex wrongfully arrived at by mastering
    some (narrow?) discipline. Good for you.

    There is nothing wrong with my learning curve. I frankly find it more
    than inconvenient for me to waste time having to relearn things because
    some wet behind the ears unsupervised children decided to reinvent the
    wheel to no particular purpose other than to show how smart they are. My
    time is too valuable to spend trying to decipher nonintuitive illogical
    changes to syntax, grammar, or general operation. My primary propose in
    owning any software is its value in facilitating the actual work I need
    to accomplish, not how much fun it is spending hours trying to figure
    out "How it works this week?" Fortunately there were others in this
    group who were willing and able to give some constructive direction, and
    even with my defective learning curve, it allowed me to determine a
    satisfactory resolution.

    Perhaps someday you will grow up and have an actual job, with actual
    work to be accomplished, and your perspective may change. Perhaps you
    may even be responsible for an organization of workers whose
    productivity will matter to you. My guess though, is that won't happen.
    Instead you will remain a smug adolescent and grouse about the boss
    that expects you to actually get something done instead of just becoming
    an expert on the tools you are given.
    William Gill, May 12, 2009
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    Charlie Guest

    Perfect response. I especially like the narrow dicipline comment. That's
    the trouble with the educated crowd, they know little about one thing and
    nothing about everything else.
    Charlie, May 21, 2009
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