Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Feb 2009 21:01 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Windows Based on all the user feedback ignited by the Windows 7 beta, Microsoft has made a set of tweaks to the release candidate of Windows 7. The Engineering 7 weblog details 36 of those tweaks, in quite some detail actually. Let's take a look at some interesting ones.
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RE[2]: Customer in control?
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 27th Feb 2009 18:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Customer in control?"
UltraZelda64
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How about they extend that to all startup programs, be it in the registry, or services, or startup group. No program may automatically run after it is installed unless the user allows it, period.

Well, that's kind of what I mean. So many programs have themselves (or some worthless part of themselves) set to start up in the taskbar, which tends to be at startup most of the time.

It's bad enough that Windows software "installers" are executables in their own right, requiring full admin privileges which grants them full power on the system, and the only way to make sure they won't do what you don't want is to not run it. Meanwhile, Windows has no internal capability to block these attempts at unwanted and/or unnecessary taskbar and startup processes.

It's be a good way to block malware and viruses from starting at boot as well, and it's not like Microsoft can't whitelist software from security or other "trusted" companies. Not that I trust security companies to begin with, anyway.

Edited 2009-02-27 18:36 UTC

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