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  1. Might be technical reasons (perhaps the devs wanted to take advantage of NT's superior kernel/resource management without having to cram backward compatibility for 9x in there) or "just because". Funny you should mention BF2.. EA denies that it will work in 2000, only XP, even though it will run on 2000 just fine. When I used 9x it always sucked my memory dry in no time flat. People were like "Oh, you have to do this and that and the other thing to keep 9x from doing that." But I shouldn't have had to do anything.

    The deal with Mozilla is that their programs fail to launch. By default, attempting to launch Thunderbird from IE using the mail icon produces "Cannot find 'C:\PROGRA~1\MOZILLA' ..". 8.3 (max of 8 characters in the name, and 3 letters for extension) is a DOS limitation that doesn't exist since 95 or NT4 atleast. 2000 and XP keep a 8.3 record in the MFT and this behavior can be disabled. I so happen to disable it to get rid of the legacy nonsense. During install, Firefox and TB will correctly put the long filename and quoted, but for some reason when the user chooses "yes" to make it default the paths stored in the registry turn to 8.3.

  2. 9x is junk. I heard Vista removes support for 16-bit setups... woohoo! Don't get me started on how even the mighty Mozilla still programs Firefox et al for DOS because of their lack of use of Long Filenames. Other programs simply don't work because of unquoted paths (Paint Shop Pro 9 comes to mind, you can't be in a folder with a long filename and launch an image with PSP). That's all if 8.3 name creation is disabled for NTFS.

  3. 40GB--that's a given, you'll have to use NTFS. It should be faster than FAT32 on a 40g drive. Plus NTFS is more reliable..

    NTFS has security, the permissions capability doesn't mean jack always running as admin; but if you want encryption, it's there.

  4. Made the videos. Near the end as running as admin, it was CRAWLING to grinding halt. I could not complete the HJT logs, because it would have taken an hour to do so! It was alot of work to get it to a decent speed so I could get the video file. It was a driveby exploit, so no ifs ands or buts about if the user "decided" to run it.

    Basically, as admin, the malware had to ability to:

    - Edit my hosts file

    - Use group policy to disable task manager, enforce various IE settings system wide, among other things

    It is XP Pro sans any service packs OR patches, nor any anti-virus or security "hacks".

    The limited account was much, much less severe. No crawling, and completely isolated from the rest of the system.

    It is also secure for IE, because driveby ActiveX exploits aren't possible. You can only get exploited by existing ActiveX plugins but even then it can do less damage.

    It's a 1.09MB rar file.. this forum won't let me upload it.

  5. I have two videos showing one exploit, unpatched machine, default security settings + NTFS, a limited user and an admin user. I show you this and that in the video, and go to the site with a drive-by and watch the sparks fly (admin) or nothing happens (non-admin). The "showing of this and that" is inconsistent and made a few embarrasing mistakes (like HJT took over the clipboard and replacing the URL of the site and accidently pasting). I compare admin and non-admin all the time so perhaps soon I will have something more professional and clean to present, if not if you give we webspace for the videos I will upload what I have.

  6. My tip, but forget it if you aren't using NTFS:

    There is a group called Administrators, and Users. Remove your account from Administrators, and add it to Users. Start -> Run -> lusrmgr.msc

    There ain't nothing like "I have an anti-virus and anti-spyware and am unable to clean my computer [because the virus is deeply embedded into every nook and cranny], guess I will have to format!"

  7. I would say you can transfer a license from a OEM vendor once. Dell et. al. do not spend countless hours making sure each machine's install of Windows has a unique key, matching the key on the CoA. Instead a special cd key is used on all their media, and activation is locked to the BIOS. That means you can't use that key to activate on a non-(insert OEM here) BIOS (simply won't work). So when transferring, use the key on the CoA. After all, the key on the CoA never got used. It will activate (one computer) just fine.

    Not like they are going to hunt you down.

    Since you do it for customers, it is best to charge them for the cost of the license.

  8. security like:

    can not delete files and folders with out permissions from say aminstrator?. can not install programs with out putting in a password or any place els that i need. just sertin ares can be changed. how about a driver security that will not allow changes unless i want them to be changed?

    that's the kind of security i'm looking for :D

    Simple: Don't run as administrator. Don't run as Power User either. Run as a user in the Users group.


    It's a b***h to do so because 3rd-party software is often designed disregarding ACLs. Instead of placing preferences in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application\appName it will dump everything into the same directory as the program and write to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE in the registry after being installed. Because you are unable to write to Program Files and Local Machine, programs will: 1) Fail silently, 2) give an error message, or 3) falsely state that you need to be an administrator or have administrator privilege. #3 is untrue because all you really need is write privileges and you don't need to be an administrator to gain additional write privileges.

  9. OEM comes from a computer manufacturer (Dell, ...) or from a retailer which you are supposed to buy hardware to go with.

    OEM has activation. Volume license does not, but is NOT licensed to home users. You can't just buy one license for one computer you have to buy it for many. Illegal versions are usually volume license.

  10. I use IE. I installed all the updates for XP SP2 and I don't have any problems, nor does my virtual machine with XP SP2. :blink::huh::wacko: Firewall et. al appear to be working just fine.

    Perhaps because Microsoft doesn't test every single 3rd-party addon? Since testing 3rd-party addons for IE isn't their job.

  11. because it is turning one version of windows, into another, without paying for it, therefore giving you two versions of windows for the price of one product.

    License/product keys don't appear out of thin air

    People like us don't give a $hit about paying $15 for a hologram stamped to a 99cent (or you can get them for 30 cents a cd in a 100 spindle) CD.

    I just found an article about this method for Win2000 that actually bypasses needing a CD key/license. That I consider illegal, and sometimes I just don't give a hoot what that manufacturer has to say sometimes. Are EULAs even admissable as legal contracts?

  12. You should remember that doing this might be considered illegal in Microsoft's eyes so as such it's not something I would recommend to do

    it is.

    please stop making it worse by posting more on how to do it.

    How is it illegal? Such method does not circumvent activation.

    I needed a cd for my legit MSDNAA xp pro license but you can only check out (borrow) the cd, otherwise pay $16 for your own media. Ok, first of all I am sure the hologram cost $15 and the cd itself $.99. In the end, I paid nothing for my legit license and to use it. I even replaced EULA.TXT with the correct EULA.

  13. Windows is better, for me. Dependency problems, and so much bloat, the apps incliuded MUST stay installed otherwise I risk breaking something else.

    I am of few who actually know how to use Windows, especially as non-admin.

    Oh yeah, well worth the $ spent.

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