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    Mart44 may I ask Where does one find "Customize Start Menu" options? I checked Taskbar & Start Menu in the control panel but that doesn't seem to be the one you referred to. I saw in Customize > Run Command and found Search with public folders checked. That has nothing to do with the Run command and holding the entered commands.

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    @Gloria - right click the Start Orb and select "Properties". Then click on the "Start Menu" tab and the "Customize" button. Scroll down to find "Run command" and click the check box.

    Using Win Key + R brings up the same RUN box too. It has an MRU list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duchess843 View Post
    Mart44 may I ask Where does one find "Customize Start Menu" options?
    * Right-click on the Taskbar and choose 'Properties' from the menu.
    * Click the 'Start Menu' tab in the box that opens.
    * Click the 'Customize' button.
    * Scroll the list until you see the 'Run command' checkbox (about three-quarters of the way down).

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    Personally, on moving to Win 7 I found almost everything better and easier than Win XP. I don't find it beneficial to kick the daylights out of my computer, I like to keep everything tidy and Win 7 helps with that. I do agree that some error messages are frustratingly non-specific but I don't get many. There's so much to like in Win 7 that I can forgive the odd quirk.

    Incidentally, Didn't profile manager disappear after Firefox 4? It doesn't seem to be present in FF8

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    Thanks for all the good info helping me learn a little bit about how windows7 is different. It seems it is designed to prevent saving anything to root (C:/) easily and I should just get used to saving stuff in different places, like /user.
    This restriction is new to me and old habits die hard.

    I am always behind in getting new software. So when Windows Secrets Newsletter was talking about moving to windows 7, I was not ready and only skimmed those articles. Now I need to get up to speed. And what I need to know is more detailed than the books and articles written for the typical consumer.

    As far as my error with the quotes on the shortcut, wouldn't it be nice if the error checking mechanism saw that since I was using quotes, instead of just saying 'invalid command', it said, 'invalid command, check quote placement'? Maybe someday....

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    Cool Windows 7

    As a system admin since DOS days... I recall that Windows XP was itself a bit of a learning curve after Windows 2000.
    In general think Windows 2000 was the most straightforward version of Windows. Of the NT derivatives it came the closest to the ease of use in Macintosh System 6.

    If I had one request of Microsoft it would be that they maintain Windows 2000 forever -
    because embedded systems that run Windows NT, and Windows 2000 are now harder and harder to support.
    You don't replace a voicemail system because Microsoft has decided to stop supporting DOS.

    On server systems anything but a plain desktop is just getting in the way.

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    Thought I was doing pretty well on computers, especially for a great-grandmother, but when my PC showed signs of "quitting" I let my son talk me into replacing it with a MAC. Gave up on that after a month and now have a new Dell with Windows 7 Home Premium. Loved XP but am feeling pretty DUMB trying to adjust to 7. Got the newest "Dummies" book but having problems with some of the tecnical terms. What is this "Take Ownership" program. Where do I find it? Should I just go back to my knitting?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanne Davis View Post
    Thought I was doing pretty well on computers, especially for a great-grandmother, but when my PC showed signs of "quitting" I let my son talk me into replacing it with a MAC. Gave up on that after a month and now have a new Dell with Windows 7 Home Premium. Loved XP but am feeling pretty DUMB trying to adjust to 7. Got the newest "Dummies" book but having problems with some of the tecnical terms. What is this "Take Ownership" program. Where do I find it? Should I just go back to my knitting?????
    Take Ownership is linked in my initial post, above. Windows 7 changes some folders ownership, in order to best secure them. Take Ownership will install as an option available once you right click a folder and will make your account the owner of that folder. If there is a folder that you used to access on XP but you find you cannot Access on 7, using Take Ownership on that folder will allow you to access it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    The biggest problem, in my mind, is the huge numbers of people out there that do NOT use even simple precautions in the everyday computing.

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    To be fair to Microsoft, the original concept of the PC was that every home should have one, just like fridges and washing machines, and Joe Public should be able to take one home, take it out of the box, plug it in and just...........use it. MS do their best to make it so; that's why a typical new shop-bought Windows installation has so many services, programs and stuff that you don't need. Trouble is, what you don't need isn't necessarily what the bloke next to you doesn't need, and so on. So Windows tends to be a one-size-fits-all out of the box, and for most people it needs tweaking.

    Maybe MS should release a Windows I practise safe hex and don't need my hand held edition!

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    I don't think this has been said, at least in this thread. One thing that could make UAC much better would be to not have to give permission to the same program every time it runs. In other words, if a program has been given permission once, and hasn't changed, you shouldn't have to give it permission again. This should not be hard to implement. Several firewall programs do this with no problem.

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    I don't like the way that so many Microsoft programs are 'predictive'. If they were prophets they would be out of a job quicktime - they are almost always wrong, and I find it very frustrating having to 'correct' something that Microsoft Windows 7 thinks I ought to be doing.
    7 also starts programs for me when I am not in the room! These can be Calculator, Thunderbird, My Computer to name but three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimP View Post
    I don't think this has been said, at least in this thread. One thing that could make UAC much better would be to not have to give permission to the same program every time it runs. In other words, if a program has been given permission once, and hasn't changed, you shouldn't have to give it permission again. This should not be hard to implement. Several firewall programs do this with no problem.

    Jim
    Good idea Jim! I think it would need a strong security system to ensure the validity of the system that implements it because it would immediately become a target for malware, but that's not too difficult with a decent crypto engine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Poltor
    7 also starts programs for me when I am not in the room! These can be Calculator, Thunderbird, My Computer to name but three.
    Did you remove SP1 as previously suggested - if it took 3 hours to install and your problems started afterwards as you indicated, it seems a reasonable starting point to remove it.

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    User Account Control Settings

    Quote from JimP: "One thing that could make UAC much better would be to not have to give permission to the same program every time it runs. "

    You can change how UAC 'gets in your face':
    Type UAC in the search bar and go to User Account Control Settings.
    Config the way you want it to behave.

    I have it set to the second setting from the top. It seems to 'do' it's job and stay out of face at the same time.

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    I think that what people object to is Microsoft saying by their behavior "We know what the best way is for you to use your computer, and we will force you to use it as we deem correct and allow you no other option." "We own a monopoly on the PC operating system and We will do whatever We want to without any regard for your difficulty accessing files that you created on your own computer." "We are the creator, and you a mere user. You may own the computer, but We will dictate how you may use it."


    I wonder how long it will be until our cars come with the monopoly AutoDrive System factory installed. You may own the car, but the molopoly AutoDrive System will tell you where it will allow you to drive, and exactly how you will drive there! Oh yes, monopoly AutoDrive does crash your car now and then. But, you did agree to the EULA stating that any losses from the AutoDrive System crashing your car will be borne by you. Does anyone have a problem with this picture? If you do, you might want to keep your old car for as long as you possibly, possibly can. I here predict that XP will be the longest lived product in Microsoft's history or future! Like Joni said, "You don't know what you got till it's gone. . ."

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    Thank you, thank you ruirib! Your link to TakeOwnership is easily the most helpful post I have seen yet on this site. I quickly found it to be a godsend! It was only after posting my unhappiness with the inflexibility of Win7 that I spotted your kind and temperate words on XP. I knew that if I dug here long enough that I would find a gem! Your post was that gem.

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