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    What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    I noticed this User Account, ASP.NET. What the heck is it? I think it happened after installing PowerQuest Drive Image 7.0 Do I need it and does it pose any kind of security threat or problem?

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    Check out <post#=286373>post 286373</post#> on this very board.

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    Jefferson--

    Please see post on this thread I just made.

    Can you explain in the clear way you have of explaining a little on .net, and why the asp.net account is necessary and reassure us that it doesn't pose any kind of extra security threat. At first I wondered who or what might have put it there--but I knew it was part of the .net framework I had downloaded that comes with a download of .net framework that I had to get to run my RSS reader. Is the framework responsible for the blue screen I'm seeing when I leave the computer for a few minutes or when I boot that I think is the same hlewton was getting that tells how many programs are running, because I think Tweak UI has a similar screen.

    Thanks,

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    I think Kip just answered why you have it. It doesn't pose any security threat or problem for you any more than any other account behind a good firewall. It comes in one of the circumstances when you download the .net framework-- probably nothing to do with Drive Image. I'm not sure what you downloaded to get it, but I don't think at all anything Power Quest makes.

    I wanted to use one of these RSS newsreaders called Newsdesk that pulls in hundreds and potentially a few thousand if you have the time-- of news sites into one IE browser window automatically and saves time so that I can just click and don't have to go to each one separately. One thing most pieces have become that write on .net for people who aren't developers and seasoned code writers is 'journalistic three card monte or slight of hand' too often. Dr. Pizza's article is clearer.

    I'm working on a common sense definition, and a good site and I'll get but maybe someone can explain why that extra account is necessary. I don't think cbd that it has a thing to do with any Powerquest product because I have Drive Image and Partition Magic (latest) and I haven't seen it as a result of them. It came when I downloaded the .net framework. Microsoft has plenty on what it is written in asp.net msdnese:

    This is the download that brought it for me that I had to have before I could download that newsreader that runs on the .net framework:
    .net framework download
    I would like to explain in clear language what the limited account is for and why it comes with this download. Hopefully someone who is a .net section regular will.

    Dr. Pizza on What is .net?
    What is .net?
    What is on what is.net?
    What is .net and how's it going to affect us?
    The .net show
    Microsoft .net Site
    Microsoft asp.net website
    MSDN Jumping into asp.net in MSDNese

    After reading this, hearing the launch talks, and reading half of an MS Press book on .net--I'm still asking myself what is .net and why did I need the .net.asp account?

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    Interesting. .Net is spreading, even to Powerquest and I've seen the definitions which beg to define themselves a lot further--but I missed it on Drive Image, and already had the download. The question still remains though, the original one you posed--why is the .Asp.Net account installed with .net framework, and "what the heck is the limited .asp.net account there for" to paraphrase you slightly? I'd still like to know. The links do a concise job of defining .net, particularly Dr. Pizza's explanation on arstechnica.com.

    Thanks for lettting me know it's part of Drive Image, but why the extra limited account set up?

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    From PowerQuest Webb Site {Drive Image 7 requires Microsoft .NET Framework. .NET requires an additional 40 MB of disk space.} & {V2i Protector 2.0 products require Microsoft .NET framework to be installed. If it is not already installed, it will be installed from the Drive Image 7 or V2i Protector installation disk at the time you install your PowerQuest product.} You can also read it here PowerQuest The Framework work part is close to the bottom of the Article.

    Microsoft .NET is a set of Microsoft software technologies for connecting information, people, systems, and devices. It enables a high level of software integration through the use of Web services?small, discrete, building-block applications that connect to each other as well as to other, larger applications over the Internet.

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    Yes I would still like to know that myself. I feel like Big Brother is slipping in the back door.

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    From www.w3schools

    What is ASP?
    ASP is a server side scripting technology that enables scripts (embedded in web pages) to be executed by an Internet server.

    ASP is a Microsoft Technology
    ASP stands for Active Server Pages
    ASP is a program that runs inside IIS
    IIS stands for Internet Information Server
    IIS comes as a free component with Windows 2000
    IIS is also a part of the Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack
    The Option Pack can be downloaded from Microsoft
    PWS is a smaller - but fully functional - version of IIS
    PWS can be found on your Windows 95/98 CD
    What is an ASP File?
    An ASP file is just the same as an HTML file
    An ASP file can contain text, HTML, XML, and scripts
    Scripts in an ASP file are executed on the server
    An ASP file has the file extension ".asp"
    How Does it Work?
    When a browser requests an HTML file, the server returns the file
    When a browser requests an ASP file, IIS passes the request to ASP
    ASP engine reads the file, line by line, and executes the scripts in the file
    Finally, the ASP file is returned to the browser as plain HTML


    I don't get it. If I can already read an HTML file why would I want ASP to go through all that mess to do the same thing I can already do, Read HTML.

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    I don't think there are any big brother aspects to that limited .asp.net account--it has a benign purpose and is probably standard with it-- and tomorrow I will get some clearer answers on the account if someone doesn't put them up. Later I'll put a piece of this screen I now get when I leave the computer or boot, and I'm hoping you can tell me what brought it--possibly the .net framework. BTW there is an SP update for the .net framework you're using if you look on the site--how critical it is I don't know. I wonder if you didn't consciously download it from the MS site-- as part of Power Quest 7 if they automatically contained that in PQ for you?

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    Anyone who has the .net framework 1.1 will want to get SP2--and you don't need SP1 to have it--it's included in SP2 which is good because I missed SP1.

    Microsoft .net Framework Service Pack 2

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    Let's start with the fact that I have not, to my knowledge, installed the .NET Framework on my computer, 'though I have thought about doing it. Therefore, I have no first-hand experience with this.

    Microsoft has posted some articles explaining what privileges the ASPNET user account has or should have. I did not study them in detail. Obviously MS can't answer the question of whether DriveImage needs the account, or whether it uses some other part of .NET and ASP.NET just comes along for the ride. This is something only DriveImage can answer. (Assuming DriveImage was the installer that introduced .NET onto the PC.)

    <UL>INFO: Process and Request Identity in ASP.NET (Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 317012) (somewhat convoluted)
    How To: Create a Custom Account to Run ASP.NET (MSDN) (indirectly relevant)[/list]My gut sense is that ASP.NET is relevant when you are running Microsoft's IIS web server. Windows XP Home does not include IIS, so the ASPNET account probably is unnecessary. Try logging in as owner/administrator and disabling the account. Does anything bad happen to DriveImage? If you start getting permission errors, access denied, etc., then you might have to re-enable the account.

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    I understand that much--make sense, thanks. I wanted and still do badly to understand .net and in the lecture that was helpful for me at the launch they traced the history of computers from Big Iron in the 60's and 70's and software developments and code. They made the point that .net was a platform that any of around 29 codes there slides listed could work on--they may have said any code.

    They also used Loreal and some other large companies who had gone to .net and drove home that they were bringing products to market twice as fast with the .net platform and saving huge amounts. I'm sure they've archived the launch lectures and PP's on their site somewhere. Then they brought out the VB compiler and two guys duked it out to show how fast they could code and/or get things accomplished in different languages, and .net was obviously a great help. I know if you work with .net this is either ridiculously oversimplified, or wrong. The notes would help me say it a little better.

    The reason I downloaded the .net framework 1.1 was because I wanted an RSS program Newsdesk which uses RSS technology to (crudely) load in or assimilate news sites so that you don't have to browse to them separately. It can load from 5700 sources, a couple more than I can read a day. It requires you to download the .net framework first.

    Here's the screen I believe began after I downloaded the framework, and the asp.net limited account to the right of the pink line definitely came with the download and is listed in User Accounts. I wonder what brought the screen (shows up when idle or boots up and you have to click the name and the purpose of this new account?

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    This is the launch webcast, and the one on the right is the one I believe I'm referencing.

    Visual Studio .net Launch Keynotes by Bill Gates and Anders Hejlsberg (Webcast February 13, 2002

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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    Maybe not Big Brother, but possibly a hint of the Evil Empire. At least according to (the?) Oracle...
    <hr>Microsoft .NET is a combination of marketing hype, product branding and technology re-architecture<hr>
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    Re: What is ASP.NET (WinXP Pro)

    Windows XP Home does not include IIS, so the ASPNET account probably is unnecessary. Try logging in as owner/administrator and disabling the account.

    How do you find and disable the account as you suggest?

    Thanks.
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