by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2005/03/02 11:05 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2005/03/02/383595.aspx
Each day, for security reasons, more and more people are making sure that we are not running as an administrator on their computers. And even though for most purposes this process has little pain, it is those small pain points that make people hesitant to make the jump. Luckily, there are places like Aaron Margosis' WebLog (The Non-Admin blog - running with least privilege on the desktop). There are a lot of interesting posts about how to work in the world where one voluntarily chooses to not be all-powerful....
Aaron has two specific posts that caught my eye:
Remembering Calculator and Character Map Settings
Here’s an odd little one you might not have noticed. The Windows Calculator applet remembers whether it was last displayed in “Standard” or “Scientific” view, and whether digit grouping was selected, and restores those settings the next time you use it. Because this applet dates back to the very early days of Windows, it saves these settings in the win.ini file in the Windows folder. There are two problems with this: 1) the settings apply to all users of the computer, and 2) you need to be an administrator to write your settings into this file. Likewise, the Character Map applet remembers the last font and codepage selected, and whether “Advanced view” was checked – but only if the user is an admin.
Changing the system date, time and/or time zone
By default, only Administrators and Power Users can use the “Date and Time” applet to change the computer’s date, time, or time zone. A regular User double-clicking on the clock in the notification area of the taskbar gets only an error message that says, “You do not have the proper privilege level to change the System Time.” This is probably the #1 annoyance for people who have tried running as non-admin.
These articles both deal with particular pain points that have hurt me in the past, so seeing the ways to work around the issues is great.
Rock on, Aaron! You are definitely on the list of the blogs I read....
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