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PostSubject: Microsoft: Lots to turn off in Windows 7   Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:05 pm

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It turns out it is not just Internet Explorer that users will be able to turn off in Windows 7.

In a blog posting on Friday, Microsoft noted that, with Windows 7, customers will have the option of disabling a number of features of the operating system, should they so choose.

Testers had noticed that users of recent Windows 7 builds could turn off the Web browser, in addition to many other things that were already part of a "Windows Features" dialog box. However, in its blog, Microsoft noted that there are a number of things that users could not turn off in Windows Vista, but will be able to in the final version of Windows 7. Among the new options, users will now be able to turn off things such as Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Windows Search, the XPS Viewer and several others.
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"If a feature is deselected, it is not available for use," Microsoft said in the blog. "This means the files (binaries and data) are not loaded by the operating system (for security-conscious customers) and not available to users on the computer. These same files are staged so that the features can easily be added back to the running OS without additional media. This staging is important feedback we have received from customers who definitely do not like to dig up the installation DVD."

Microsoft declined to comment on what role, if any, antitrust and regulatory issues played in the decision to expand the number of Windows components that can be disabled. However, a number of the programs on the list are things that have drawn regulatory ire, such as the browser and media player, as well as the XPS technology which has been seen as a rival to Adobe's PDF.

With Windows 7, Microsoft has also stripped several programs out of the operating system entirely. The photo gallery, e-mail, and movie-making programs that had been part of Windows will now be available only as separate Windows Live downloads. With Windows Vista, Microsoft included a version in the operating system, but then offered for download an optional Windows Live service-connected version.

This may seem all like jibber-jabber, but its important in the world of computing. Microsoft is letting people turn off features, supporting competition. its sly, but Microsoft could use this too their advantage! If they cause Firefox to get more popular, Firefox will get really good as a browser, and then Windows can take ideas from Firefox.


SOURCE: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10190909-56.html
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PostSubject: Re: Microsoft: Lots to turn off in Windows 7   Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:19 pm

Very good news. I hate how IE takes over everything. At last it's getting "shut down".

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PostSubject: Re: Microsoft: Lots to turn off in Windows 7   Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:39 pm

MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH

Bout time we can close certain features of windows down !!

Todd, cant you just select firefox to be ur default browser?
The only browser I use IE6 for is reading my Hotmail email hiding something


Polar, this is a F****** AWESOME snag that you cought! I love you

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PostSubject: Re: Microsoft: Lots to turn off in Windows 7   Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:33 pm

Ya Polar made me convert. Convert browsers. Actually I usually use Google Chrome, but FireFox is my default browser. IE doesn't work for me anymore.
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PostSubject: Re: Microsoft: Lots to turn off in Windows 7   Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:02 am

I know you can set FF as your default browser, but IE still takes over on some Microsoft programs, when you click to view them on a site.

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PostSubject: Re: Microsoft: Lots to turn off in Windows 7   Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:24 am

Todd_Lang wrote:
I know you can set FF as your default browser, but IE still takes over on some Microsoft programs, when you click to view them on a site.

H mm thinking like mad ...Do this:

Start menu > set program access & default > Change or remove item's > find IE > DELETE Very Happy

muhahahhaha

Then you out do Microsoft, at their own game Very Happy Very Happy and everything opens in the Default browser - Firefox :yay1: :yay1:
Microsoft = powned by darren super LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Microsoft: Lots to turn off in Windows 7   Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:12 pm

I used to use Opera, but it's screwed now so I use FF, to hell with IE.





Sometimes I use Google Chrome too. I\'m Seriously shock
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PostSubject: Re: Microsoft: Lots to turn off in Windows 7   Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:31 pm

IE sux... FF sux worse for me cuz it doesnt realize tht i have certain plugins and doesnt show any pics or movies.. chrome works best for me and is my default browser

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