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Windows is dead, long live Windows... for the nonce

By AnsuGisalas ·
A couple of days ago I reported the death of my WinXP on my overheating craptop. Then, my other WinXp machine, a 7 years old desktop, went kablooie.
I figure it's power supply or mobo, either way, that made the situation intolerable, and the possibility of nursing the laptop back to health became a "maybe sometime" -issue.
So I went and bought a new laptop, hurling myself into Windows 7 land (home premium*). Hrrrgh! I had so hoped to avoid it, and maybe I'll ditch it at some point, but for now I have to make do.

So, questions:
#1 What are the most important things to bolt down on win7, safety wise.
I don't have the local group policy thingie, so that sucks right there, but I'm not paying more for that. Registry a'hacking I must go.


*In finnish home means mould, usually meaning specifically the stuff that grows in houses and makes them unfit for habitation.

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Let us hope

by santeewelding In reply to Windows is dead, long liv ...

Yours is an interim solution.

Let us also hope it is ever so brief.

I take it that, both machines expiring, you were left with nothing -- no capital equipment by which to carry on your business and profession.

The preloaded laptop, near to hand at the right price, taken up in a hurry, leaves you hostage to the million and one sorry problems you surely have seen in these tearful, oft-repeated Questions.

Probably made in China, too.

Come back for advice, if you need it, when you have separated the problem into two: most appropriate and bulletproof hardware, most appropriate and bulletproof form of (W7).

Never said, did you, whether 32 or 64, so contemptuous you are of this interim POS, such low regard you have for what should be held in high regard as capital equipment.

Shame on you.

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A novice

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Let us hope

Am I to these fifth and sixth powers of two;
I have five of them, that's thirty-two.
All my life, they were not a concern,
Now I see myself, an aging fern.
Apologies for the shibboleths of my obsolescence!

As for your questions: Yeah, backup machine going down in flames did have me panicking.
I went for a Samsung, don't know where they make them, but at least they've tried to do the right things once, I'm hoping they've kept it up.
The problem with taking the safe route is that it takes time to find. Time that I'd love to spend, but can't, having more important things to do than playing with a non-functional computer. Family matters demand that time spent on computers be in bursts, short, effective...
I can build a desktop to suit my designs, but my fingers are too big for handling notebook parts.

EDIT: Substance

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Looking for the settings?

by seanferd In reply to Windows is dead, long liv ...


http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/F/B/8FBD2E85-8852-45EC-8465-92756EBD9365/WindowsServer2008R2andWindows7GroupPolicySettings.xlsx

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It is inherently more secure

Did you get 32 or 64 bit? The 64 bit version is more secure than 32 bit:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2009/11/16/whats-another-32bits-to-malware.aspx

You do have local group policies, it is just hidden. Follow the instructions on the link and you will have the editor:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3652-local-group-policy-editor-open.html

Next, I would keep the UAC set at the default setting. To check follow this link's instructions:

http://www.blogsdna.com/1815/how-to-disable-uac-turn-off-uac-in-windows-7-beta-1-build-7000.htm

If you are using 64 bit, make sure your anti-malware is 64 bit. I personally use Microsoft Security Essentials and they have a good 32 and 64 bit version.

I suspect you know this, but once you have a good AV (Security Essentials) installed, make sure Win 7 and all applications, specifically Adobe are completely up-to-date.

Win 7 is more secure by default. If you use all the same security habits that you did with Win XP, I think you will be just fine.

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Michael, are you certain?

by seanferd In reply to It is inherently more sec ...

I don't think there is gpedit in the lower-tier editions of 7.

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That does seem to the unfortunate case

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Michael, are you certain?

Not that I mind registry hackering... I'm still more capable of trusting a setting that I've cast in runes upon the machine's very soul.
Computer graphics interface is too good of a liar.

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What version?

It may not seem so, but it's really important to know if you are using, 32 or 64 bit.

I also apologize for my mistake. Getting old I guess. Still making an assumption usually gets me into trouble, regardless of age.

I am curious as to why altering local policy is important. Is it a business network? If so, why home premium?

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32bit Home system

by AnsuGisalas In reply to What version?

I'm not only growing old, I'm also lagging behind
As to why... that's part of why I asked. Should've written "what - if anything - should I change first?
I do want to turn off autorun for example, that one is bad for a number of reasons. I'll run my own installers, thankyouverymuch(MS).

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AutoPlay

by Michael Kassner Contributor In reply to 32bit Home system

In my Win 7, I go to Control Panel and then click on AutoPlay. You can adjust it however you want for any device.

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This is one of those shiny GUI moments

by AnsuGisalas In reply to AutoPlay

If I put them all to "take no action"... that still implies that windows goes and sees what the media is; leaving me uncertain as to what possible exploits may be left open there. It may be exactly what I want, but I can't know as a user.

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