Ok, over the years that I have had computers, I have always created different logons on them for my wife and a few friends/relatives when they come over. But during those years, I have often encounter a problem caused by some software companies because they dictates what a user should be and how he/she should use their software.
Exemple A : I had a someone who had baught Empire Earth 1 and I installed it on my PC. He had a simple user logon on my PC. But, for his game, in order to play it, he had to have administrative rights (meaning full rights in anything related to this game including folders and registries). Now I didn't want to make him an administrator just so he could play it. I NEVER give anybody else other then ME rights to be administrator. After all, it is MY pc and I AM the administrator of it. So anyway, I had to change the security rights on that folder and the registries I found for that game to allow him administrative rights to those ithems ONLY. I found out about the registries after sending an email to the owner of that game (think it is Sierra but that guy is gone and so is his game).
Exemple B: My wife doesn't have a good vision and even with recent glasses, she has a hard time reading icons at 1024*768. Added to this, I had baught a Shangai tiles type of game for her. She loves this game and is the only game she plays on it. But, that game doesn't maximize to the full desktop and therefore, it is bearly fits in to a 640*480 desktop. So I had to find a way to automaticaly change the resolution everytimes she logs on. I cannot explain to her how to change the resolution on her own. It is beond her and she simply refuses having to do this everytimes she wants to play. So I did a bit of search and found a small program that simply creates an icon in the Startup folder to change it to whatever I want. Unfortunetly, it seams that since I changed monitor (with way more resolutions), that tool doesn't work properly. So I opened up a ticket to ATI to find out how to do it with the Catalyst Center of my ATI. They told me "create a profile, save it and execute it everytimes". So I did. But I found out that to even change the resolution of the desktop via an ATI shortcut, you AGAIN, need to have administrative rights. I checked to have security changed for these shortcuts but it doesn't seam to be possible.
Conclusion : Why do software companies almost always build theire software thinking that only administors will use them ? Even for games
I do not want to start giving administrator rights to all my users. Its like giving a machine gun to a kid. He can run loose and destroy everything, even by mistake !!!
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