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  1. #11


    Yeah except the first thing I do is login to the root account from my current user and leave it that way.

    E.g steam games, I want to play with my ini files constantly.

    Or when I install programs like openvpn, like I have to right click the application and hit run as administrator or I have to right click the shortcut > go to compatability and tell it to run the program as administrator.

    That's just extra work I don't want to deal with.

    The last thing I want to get is some program to not work and then later I realize I had to run it as administrator >.>

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly View Post
    Yeah except the first thing I do is login to the root account from my current user and leave it that way.
    And you would be ridiculed for doing so in any Linux forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly View Post
    E.g steam games, I want to play with my ini files constantly.
    I would say that Steam is violating the Windows software guidelines for putting configuration files in protected areas. I would complain to them for setting up their system in such a way. And I would complain loudly, or they will keep doing it.

    What you could do, is create a hard link to a file stored in a non-protected location, such as in your user profile. Then you can edit the file without having to compromise the security of your system.

    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly View Post
    Or when I install programs like openvpn, like I have to right click the application and hit run as administrator or I have to right click the shortcut > go to compatability and tell it to run the program as administrator.
    Again, you are using broken software that fails to follow the design guidelines of the computer it runs on. I would complain to the vendor.

    If smashing your hand with a hammer every time you wanted to do something was a problem, would you find a way to make the hammer softer? Or would you find a different way to do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly View Post
    That's just extra work I don't want to deal with.

    The last thing I want to get is some program to not work and then later I realize I had to run it as administrator >.>
    I would suggest that if you're swimming upstream, you go to the shore and start walking. Not swim harder.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly View Post
    Yeah except the first thing I do is login to the root account from my current user and leave it that way.
    And you would be ridiculed for doing so in any Linux forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly View Post
    E.g steam games, I want to play with my ini files constantly.
    I would say that Steam is violating the Windows software guidelines for putting configuration files in protected areas. I would complain to them for setting up their system in such a way. And I would complain loudly, or they will keep doing it.

    What you could do, is create a hard link to a file stored in a non-protected location, such as in your user profile. Then you can edit the file without having compromise the security of your system.

    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly View Post
    Or when I install programs like openvpn, like I have to right click the application and hit run as administrator or I have to right click the shortcut > go to compatability and tell it to run the program as administrator.
    Again, you are using broken software that fails to follow the design guidelines of the computer it runs on. I would complain to the vendor.

    If smashing your hand with a hammer every time you wanted to do something was a problem, would you find a way to make the hammer softer? Or would you find a different way to do it?

    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly View Post
    That's just extra work I don't want to deal with.

    The last thing I want to get is some program to not work and then later I realize I had to run it as administrator >.>
    I would suggest that if you're swimming upstream, you go to the shore and start walking. Not swim harder.
    ??
    Steam doesn't care about Windows. They are on every platform, and it's up to the game designers how they want to implement their configurable files.

    About Linux
    I never said I logged in as root
    I said I just elevate my current account as root and leave it there till I log out.
    Who wants to type a 50 character password everytime they want to apt-update?
    Nobody.

    UAC is garbage, I don't need it. I just want a way to take control of my whole C:\ drive w/o losing metro apps. I like that mail app a lot.

    That's all I'm asking, I am sure there is a way somehow.
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly View Post
    Steam doesn't care about Windows. They are on every platform, and it's up to the game designers how they want to implement their configurable files.
    Then if the problem is related to a specific game, why did you say steam? Either the problem is steam's, or it's the game designers, but either way, they are violating the guidelines. Regardless of that, I gave you a workable solution.

    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly View Post
    I never said I logged in as root
    I said I just elevate my current account as root and leave it there till I log out.
    Who wants to type a 50 character password everytime they want to apt-update?
    Nobody.
    They are effectively the same thing. And you would still be ridiculed in any Linux forum for doing that.

    How many times per day do you apt-update? Anything beyond once a week seems excessive to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by jigglywiggly View Post
    UAC is garbage, I don't need it. I just want a way to take control of my whole C:\ drive w/o losing metro apps. I like that mail app a lot.

    That's all I'm asking, I am sure there is a way somehow.
    There is no way to do so without compromising the security of your computer.

    If you're bound and determined, you would do exactly what you would do in Linux, and that's changing the permissions of the folder to allow your account full control. Good luck with that, though. You'll probably be back her in a few months yelling about how bad security is because you got a virus.
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  5. #15


    I haven't gotten a virus in several years.
    On any OS.

    I don't think I've gotten a virus since I was 12.

    With or without AV.
    People who get viruses probably shouldn't even be using a computer in the first place. I realize there are unavoidable circumstances if a case where a website gets hacked, but chrome will usually give you a warning first, and web of trust.

    IDC what the neckbeards think(linux forum ;p). A whole lot of them were against Steam coming to Linux as well.
    I am not running a server on my desktop, on my freebsd server for my stuff, I do all the correct security measures diff accounts for different services, etc.
    And yes I realize I could just chmod it in Linux, this isn't Linux, why are we talking about Linux?



    I just want this fixed -,-
    Last edited by jigglywiggly; 17 Nov 2012 at 03:43.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by Windunce View Post
    Alrighty then, for you it's ON WITH THE HUNT!

    Good Luck
    Thx, I may use it as a last resort though.


    I mean I just went back to windows 7 because of UAC for now. But on my laptops I have win8 on them.
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