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  1. All accounts in Vista run as "Limited". The difference is that an Administrator account only asks for permission to elevate - the Limited account makes you enter an Administrator's user name and password in order to get permission to elevate.

    Norton had a UAC beta that seemed to head in this direction - but I haven't seen it recently and can't seem to locate a link for it.

    Sticky on UAC located here: http://www.msfn.org/board/guide-uac-cancel...ts-t120552.html

  2. AFAIK modular Windows has been discussed in depth at Microsoft (from a few conversations I've had there). And, again AFAIK, it's just not feasible to turn Windows into this without a lot of work.

    Windows is sort of a one-size-fits-all OS. It tries to do everything for everyone. They also use versioning (Home Basic, Home Premium, etc) to pitch optimized packages at different types of users. But this is a marketing thing, not an OS essential thing.

    So, for most people, it does what's needed. Those of us who are more technically oriented (who, by the way, are in the minority of Windows users) are just trying to get a one-size-fits-all OS to meet our needs. Unfortunately, the compromises that are necessary to fit the OS to all users will inevitably leave some of us feeling unsatisfied with what's there. If we get fed up enough, we move elsewhere.

    In the end, the consumer pays for it (and not just the average user - but the big businesses also). If they don't pay for it, then Microsoft will have to go out of business. We vote with our wallets. :)

  3. Most of these sort of issues that I've seen at work revolve around corrupted video drivers or issues with the hard drive.

    The video drivers seem to be ruled out by the hang in Safe Mode as well as normal mode.

    I'd try chkdsk /r from the Run dialog, maybe (works occasionally) fixmbr and fixboot from the Recovery Console, and then a hard drive diagnostic from the manufacturer of your hard drive.

  4. I'll never go back to XP - Vista is more secure, more dependable, and easier to fix than XP. On the down side, I can't use my Hauppage PVR-250 with it - so I had to plug the TV cable directly into my monitor. Any other hardware/software - I just bit the bullet and upgraded it as needed.

  5. I don't think Virtual PC 2007 will run on Home Premium. As I recall, it's only for Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate (tried to install it on the Home Premium PC at work and it wouldn't).

    Virtual Box looks nice, especially if you're gonna fool with non-Windows OS's. I don't feel that VPC07 is that easy to use with non-Windows OS's - I've never managed to get one to run (but haven't tried real hard either). I've got 4 or 5 Windows OS's installed on my copy of VPC07 and it's great for my uses.

    I don't bother with USB devices, so it's not an issue for me.

  6. I ran 32 bit Vista Ultimate with 4 gB of RAM - then switched to 64 bit Vista Ultimate with 4 gB of RAM. It wasn't any faster, and may have been a tad bit slower. Then I found this article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/vista-workshop,1775.html

    Upgraded to 8 gB of RAM - and it's fantastic. Not significantly faster, but I can leave everything open and still play games without any lag!

    OEM's have started to push 64 bit Vista systems over the last month or two. And the rumors about Windows 7 seem to indicate that 64 bit will be the preferred flavor (although 32 bit will be available).

  7. I use both the 32 and 64 bit versions quite a lot. It's easier than trying to trick and OEM Vista system into giving up the option to perform Startup Repair. All it is is a bootable disk with the necessary Startup Repair files on it (sorta like the XP Recovery Console disks you can get).

    It used to be a straight download, but they've switched it to a torrent.

  8. FWIW - we did find a workaround today. The latest nVidia drivers are Vista certified, and installing the nVidia Control Panel let's you set the option in there. Still, it's a bit disappointing to have to use another application when the capability is supposedly built into Vista.

    This is a stock Gateway system that may have had an nVidia video card added (but it may have come that way). The card has 2 outputs - one connected to the usual monitor with a VGA cable and the other connected to the TV with a DVI cable. I can get the complete specs if it's necessary.

  9. I have installed Vista Home Premium (Upgrade) with a clean install on an XPPro system. Both monitors were hooked up while the installation was run. The first monitor is a 19" LCD, the 2nd is a 40" LCD (we use it to demonstrate stuff to customers).

    The installation has extended the desktop to the other monitor, rather than mirror the desktop (which is allegedly the default). I've tried to uninstall and disconnect the 2nd monitor, then rebooted and reinstalled with no success.

    Any suggestions on how to force this bugger to mirror the desktop from the 1st monitor?

  10. I'd like an IP notifier if you can do it. Gateway IP Monitor works well for XP - dunno if they'll redo it for XP. It keeps you aware of your external IP, and it emails you when it changes.

    FWIW - The radar gadget will make me re-enable my Sidebar. Thanks for it!

  11. This is similar to the XP error of this type. It's not that you don't have enough memory - it's that something else is hogging that memory (be it the RAM or the swapfile).

    Do you have Vista compatible drivers for this printer? If so, I'd suggest uninstalling the old drivers and installing the latest version. BUT, it may or may not help. Could be a driver compatibility issue that you'll have to address with Samsung.

  12. There appears to be some differences in the implementation of NTFS between XP and Vista - as such, problems are being reported about this.

    FWIW - the simplest solution is to backup the essential data to another hard drive/DVD's and then repartition.

    Trusting all of your data to just one partition (and just one copy) - especially when experimenting with OS's - is very dangerous. If it's truly valuable to you, back it up.

    If you are going to continue to experiment with OS's - I'd suggest a separate partition (a separate hard drive would be even better) that's dedicated to your important storage. For further compatibility, I'd suggest that you format it as FAT32 - that way you won't have the ownership/file permissions/access denied problems that the NTFS file system can cause.

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