RANU: Running Admin Tasks easily

A while back I described the set of shortcuts I use to run things as Administrator, even though I’m logged on as a Limited User. I’ve packaged them up for dowload.  Enjoy. Overview Logging on as a restricted user greatly increases security, protecting you from certain virus & trojan horse attacks, and adheres to the…

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RANU: smarter CPL and MSC

I wish that .CPLs and .MSCs were smarter about normal users.  I want to be a normal user, open a Control Panel applet, and have it prompt me for credentials if needed.  Same thing for the administrative tools. Here’s what I do instead. I create a set of shortcuts in a folder called “Control Panel”:…

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RANU: Give me another TS session

If you want to user Windows Terminal Services, Microsoft says you need a server OS.  Seems like overkill. I don’t need my Windows XP-based email machine to support 500 concurrent users.  I shouldn’t need a licensing server & a $1500 OS. Here’s what I really want Windows XP TS to do: Let me TS from…

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RANT: Run as Normal User

AKA “Run as non-admin”.  We call it “RANU” around here, or sometimes “why would you do that?” I have a Linux background.  There it seemed obvious to run as ‘jbazuzi’ sometimes and ‘root’ other times.  But making it work in Windows is just hard. I don’t mind that I can’t install most software as a…

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