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How much dumbed down Windows 8 is in comparision to Windows 7?

  1. #11


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    In terms of restrictions - I have come across quite a lot.

    It is only obvious to those who like to have full control of their o/s - doing modifications, building their own mini-versions, that kind of thing.

    All kinds of extra hassle doing that with win8.

    It is entirely possible MS have overcooked the beta versions we have had so far - the rtm might not be quite as bad in that regard. Too early to tell.

    Clickers and jabbers probably are not aware of it - not yet anyway.

    It is not clear to me if this is genuinely for extra security, or if there is at least an element of MS trying to stop enthusisasts messing with o/s.

    In any case,

    More Security = Less Freedom.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 38
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    In terms of restrictions - I have come across quite a lot.

    It is only obvious to those who like to have full control of their o/s - doing modifications, building their own mini-versions, that kind of thing.

    All kinds of extra hassle doing that with win8.

    It is entirely possible MS have overcooked the beta versions we have had so far - the rtm might not be quite as bad in that regard. Too early to tell.

    Clickers and jabbers probably are not aware of it - not yet anyway.

    It is not clear to me if this is genuinely for extra security, or if there is at least an element of MS trying to stop enthusisasts messing with o/s.

    In any case,

    More Security = Less Freedom.

    Being an advanced user and other advanced users like you, can you find workarounds, tricks, alternative ways etc. with which you are able to surpass those restrictions? Do you think that putting advanced users like you taking benefit of their high knowledge still can make modifications, build their own mini-versions etc.? Do you think there would be some third party applications which could help advanced users like you?
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  3. #13


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I am just a hobbyist.

    Those of us who are into this kind of thing share ideas and little apps. we have knocked up - there are also a few things out there for changing acl's and file system drivers that we might need to resort to.

    It is extra hassle. Harder to overcome is the code MS have been ripping out of various places - explorer.exe for example.

    Pretty sure they have done that deliberately to make it awkward.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    More Security = Less Freedom.
    Yeah, but I wouldn't want to go back to the Windows 95/98/XP days where everybody was an admin and machines were constantly infected, rootkitted, trojaned and botted. 10 years ago MS was a laughing stock as far as security went. These days, they are actually garnering some praise at BlackHat. That's quite a change.
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