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thedillpickl Win 7 & Networking/Hardware connect-ability/etc.
Contributor 12th Oct, 2010 01:03
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Sorry to make a drive-by appearance.

These are not security related questions.

We have spent fruitless hours searching other forums with no good result. I would like to see if my friends, on the Secunia forum, can enlighten me.

If you are not supposed to run Win 7 as an Administrator:
> Why does the Admin see (most) others on the network but a limited user doesn't?
> Why does Admin load some software globally and some only for the Admin?
> Why will some software not auto start (like PSI) for a limited user? (Also why can't you install PSI for both Admin & other users? PSI uninstalls the other users copy.)

Why does Win 7 allow access to some XP files and not others? These are not hidden or encrypted. They are 'regular' files.

Why are there no 64 bit drivers available for common hardware? There does not seem to be any effort on MS's part to supply drivers for common hardware. Example: The universal driver doesn't work.

Finally, the BIG question: If Windows 7 is supposed to be so great at connectivity why won't it PLAY NICE with any other OS? I got lost looking through the threads on MS's forum on Win 7 networking.

It appears in a networked setting, with shared files and printers, an 'all one OS' system is required, with new peripherals too. Has anyone heard when SP1 is due out?

All input is appreciated, however, please don't use this thread to promote how great or horrible Win 7 is, or to let me know how daft I am. Answers to problems is what I'm after.



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thedillpickl RE: Win 7 & Networking/Hardware connect-ability/etc.
Contributor 12th Oct, 2010 02:55
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To answer one of my questions, Win 7 machine needs the Workgroup set as "MS Home", not the Workgroup name the rest of the system uses.

Evidently, it doesn't matter what the name is on XP machines, as long as it's the same. Win 7 doesn't care what name the Workgroup is, as long as you pretend it's MS Home.

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Maurice Joyce RE: Win 7 & Networking/Hardware connect-ability/etc.
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Will put some thoughts together tonight & forward them by email.


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ddmarshall RE: Win 7 & Networking/Hardware connect-ability/etc.
Dedicated Contributor 12th Oct, 2010 18:58
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Have you seen this:

Windows 7 Forums is not part of Microsoft, although a useful site. The official Microsoft forums are and

Microsoft does not write drivers for most things. These are the responsibility of the hardware manufacturer. They prefer you to buy new hardware rather than spend money writing drivers for old kit.

This answer is provided “as-is.” You bear the risk of using it.
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Anthony Wells RE: Win 7 & Networking/Hardware connect-ability/etc.
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Last edited on 12th Oct, 2010 21:08
Would not dream of telling you how daft you are , Fred :)) You are a better judge than I :)))))

As a stranger to this Forum , you may have not be aware of this thread , where Jay gives you some ideas about getting the PSI to run in a non-Admin account situation on 7 :-

and here :-

Take care



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