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Still more !FUN with Vista

Ok, latest rant.

Say you have a program, a game.  You get your updates from off the Internet when you start the game, and they'll automatically install.  Well, not under Vista they won't.  It seems that Vista will not allow updates of applications unless you're running the applications as Administrator.  Not as a user with Administrator rights, as *ADMINISTRATOR*.

What does that mean?  It means that you have to right click the icon and select 'Run as Administrator' if you want to have the game updated, that's what.  And that goes for programs as well, anything that goes out and touches the internet to check for updates, you can't install under your account.

Ain't that a pain in the rear?  Thanks, Microsoft, for farking up another thing we take for granted with our programs.


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Jan. 16th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
...Because we know that we would rather run as administrator rather than just confirm that the program is doing what it's supposed to be doing.

Jan. 16th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)
Part of the problem is that many programs (at least on the business side of the house) won't run unless you have at a very minimum Power User rights. If you can't read/write to certain directories, your ability to run the program is crippled at best. Now Microsoft comes along with Vista, and cripples it even moreso, which is going to make the programmers really scream in agony, not to mention the users. For example, we use a program that creates a working scratch directory under root. If Vista denies writing to the root directory, then that program can't function as it's built into the code to create at the root. It's going to be fun waiting to see what breaks...
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Jan. 16th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, but that's why we have sudo.
Jan. 16th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC)
The problem is that in Unix, you know what you're getting into to start. With Windows, you've got entire generations who are going to rant and scream at Microsoft for breaking the 'natural' way of doing things, and programs that are going to break daily because they can't obtain updates.

The worse scenario are those programs that require you to go out and get license information in order to obtain the rights just to run the programs, like CATIA. We're waiting to hear how that mess is going to resolve.
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