Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 8th Aug 2007 22:37 UTC, submitted by mikemuch
Windows Got a computer that's shared by the whole family? Or a computer in an office that has to support more than one user? Vista has a much stronger user accounts feature than XP. Here's how to set up Windows Vista so that everybody's happy.
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Is this any different?
by sonic2000gr on Wed 8th Aug 2007 23:18 UTC
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2007-05-20

Without discussing Parental controls (I have never used this stuff, don't know much about it), how is the information in this article any different from XP? What is so different in Vista plain user accounts, other than they are discussed a lot because of the UAC and the "administrator who is not really an administrator" thing?

The ability to create standard user accounts was already there in XP and no (home) user probably used it. Why? 1. Ignorance (the user is never prompted during setup to create a standard account for everyday use, and neither is reminded afterwards. It seems XP shows a lot of annoying "balloons" but never the right ones) 2. Most programs will not work without administrative rights. Why? Microsoft tolerated this behaviour from third party developers. This was exaggerated by the fact previous 9x version had no concept of user accounts with different rights. Developers just continued on this 'default' model.Users quickly found out they would be in trouble by standard user accounts.

So how is this different in Vista? Unless the policy is changed at the developer level, we will not see much improvement. Sure, Office works, Explorer works and a few other programs work. But a FEW.

IMHO the UAC thing is Microsoft's way of signaling the industry there is a change coming in the user management and the default model of user accounts. UAC itself is ugly and pretty much useless after a while (everybody simply clicks) but it is a sign for the things to come. Vista is an in between version, guess Microsoft will have it right by the next version.

The *NIX crowd got this right from the beginning. Microsoft is plagued by initial bad design and the ugly backwards compatibility...

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