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Choice - the Microsoft way

Postby cfitz on Sat Mar 01, 2003 3:11 am

I wanted to run a test on a pressed CD this evening and made the mistake of putting a Microsoft CD into one of my drives, forgetting that I had autorun enabled. It installed, without any warning or prompting, some sort of Windows Media Player update, then presented me with this dialog box:

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So, where is the "No" button? :x What kind of choice is that? And why did they even bother asking? :-?

No choice about the mystery installation, and no choice about rebooting... It's a good summary of Microsoft's dream in general: no choice at all. :evil:

That will teach me to leave autorun enabled... :(

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Postby TheWizard on Sat Mar 01, 2003 3:55 am

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Postby Dartman on Sat Mar 01, 2003 3:58 am

Well lets hope it wasn't 9. From what I hear it introduces all kinds of copy protection even to things that you made on your own so you can't play them anywhere but the machine they were made on.
I haven't taken the plunge just in case it's correct here. 8 and 2 work fine and so does IRfanview and the others for me.
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Postby cfitz on Sat Mar 01, 2003 11:47 am

No, it wasn't 9. I'm still running 7. And frankly it happened so quickly that it couldn't have installed much beyond a configuration setting. It certainly didn't have time to load, install and configure a typical multi-tens of megabytes Microsoft installation package. I haven't noticed any changes, and I am keeping my fingers crossed...

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Postby Dartman on Sat Mar 01, 2003 1:36 pm

Well your probably fine then. If your running XP you could always do a system rrestore and get it back to the before hand state, it's worked for me a few times :)
8 seems to be just fine if you ever want to step up.
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Postby cfitz on Sat Mar 01, 2003 1:47 pm

Dartman wrote:8 seems to be just fine if you ever want to step up.

Thanks. I'll keep that in mind. At some point I will have to, just to be able to get security patches.

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Postby Dartman on Sat Mar 01, 2003 2:41 pm

You know that you don't have to take every patch they want to give you, right? I pick and choose and I've disabled auto update so I can do it when I'm ready instead of those constant updates are ready to install BS.
I tried 9 long enough to see it worked, uninstalled it before I really played with it and ended up reinstalling XP anyways as I was setting up my new 80 gig drive. I still have my earlier install on the slave drive, if something goes away I can boot to it and be mostly home again :)
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Postby BuddhaTB on Sat Mar 01, 2003 6:11 pm

I've been using 9 for about a month now. Only differences I notice is the way the player looks and that copyright protection junk. Does anyone have a link to 8, because all Microsoft has on their website is 7 & 8.
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Postby Dartman on Sat Mar 01, 2003 6:28 pm

I think all the links go to 9 now, I haven't looked for a while.
If you have the XP setup disk you might be able to get it from there. Other wise the usual hacker type places and usenet groups would be a good place to look. I use like yahoo to search for what I need and it's pretty good, also I have Kazaa lite v2 and I'm sure it's on there somewhere www.k-lite.tk is the direct site if you don't have it. It removes all the spyware and adds some extra functions.
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Postby cfitz on Sat Mar 01, 2003 7:53 pm

Dartman wrote:You know that you don't have to take every patch they want to give you, right?

Sure. I don't get any of my patches via automatic updates. I subscribe to Microsoft's security alerts list, and decide for myself what patches to install and when to install them.

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Postby Dartman on Sat Mar 01, 2003 8:08 pm

Well I figured ya did with all the things you gotta jump through but it never hurts to check :P
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Re: Choice - the Microsoft way

Postby KuoH on Tue Mar 11, 2003 4:11 pm

It's just part of Microsoft's world domination plot. It was designed to give you the illusion of having control over your own destiny. :wink:

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cfitz wrote:[img]No choice about the mystery installation, and no choice about rebooting... It's a good summary of Microsoft's dream in general: no choice at all. :evil:
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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Sun Mar 23, 2003 9:55 pm

Hey be nice to microsoft...it is a lot better than macintosh
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