Comments on: The 10 Golden Rules Of Windows Administration https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/ Linux. GNU. Freedom. Sun, 13 May 2018 18:21:35 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0-alpha-43006 By: Aaron https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-70721 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 20:24:09 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-70721 @Jason Richmond- Because it's Windows administration that turned me into such a hater. I don't understand how anyone can enjoy using an operating system that takes that much time and effort to keep maintained. No thanks.

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By: Jason Richmond https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-70707 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 17:51:35 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-70707 Not that your list isn't a good _starting point_, but seeing as how you are such a Windows hater, how would you know anything about any "Golden Rules Of Windows Administration?!"

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By: B.L.O.G. - Bissige Liberale ohne Gnade » Markt und Microsoft - Urteil und Exkurs https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69504 Tue, 18 Sep 2007 01:01:57 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69504 [...] Windows auf einen angemessenen Platz als bekannteste Spielkonsole der Welt verwiesen werden wird. Sicherheitslücken werden sich nicht dauerhaft als Feature vermarkten lassen. Und die Zukunft könnte auf [...]

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By: Bas Grolleman https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69287 Sun, 16 Sep 2007 04:43:03 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69287 I think it's 2-3 years ago that I told everyone I didn't do windows anymore. Best choice I ever made.

Ofcourse I had good reason, earning my cash as a Linux engineer I don't see windows very often, so I find it quite pointless for me to give "expert" advise on the matter.

There is one import thing when giving someone Linux though, spend a few evenings teaching them the basics/answer questions and make them use the same UI as your using, so you can answer most questions.

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By: Duda Nogueira https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69258 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 23:25:25 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69258 You just said everything! Congrats!

When friends ask me to reinstall or clean up a windows box, i say:

- $50 per hour for windows stuff
- A coffee and conversation for installing GNU/Linux.

And after explaining all the benefits, no more windows 🙂

See ya!

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By: Philippe https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69253 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 22:55:28 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69253 Number ONE rule should be:

Always use a restricted account for day to day computing. Use the administrator accounts only for administrative tasks.

Actually, make it #1 and #2. It works.

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By: Anonymous https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69244 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 22:02:31 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69244 6a: Do not open email attachments from people you *do* know, unless you know for certain that they practice safe computing.

I will never forget the day I infected myself because I *thought* my friend was computer savvy enough to not send a trojan around.

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By: OliverW https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69243 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 21:38:36 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69243 One addition to the list:
11. Make backups

Often overlooked but definately important 🙂

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By: Aaron https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69238 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 19:24:34 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69238 @erik- Wow, that was a very enlitening comment. Thank you.

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By: erik https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69231 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 18:19:04 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69231 If you had done the "Take a training course in administering/running your system." you would have realized how bad your list actually was. I'm serious, that was bad.

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By: Jonas https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69213 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 15:06:03 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69213 You forgot one point...whenever possible, make sure regular user accounts do not have administrative privileges. Last time I forgot to do that, the friend in question uninstalled the anti-virus software because she felt the computer to be too slow...

I've reached the point that you haven't yet. I've told my friends that I help them out with a fouled-up windows box once. After that, one of four things will happen:

1. They will learn how to take care of the computer themselves so it doesn't happen again.
2. They have to find someone else to fix it.
3. I charge for fixing it for them.
4. I fix it for free by installing Linux.

Since most people are, in my experience, afraid of penguins, fixing things, and paying for things (not necessarily in that order) they have at least become more careful.

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By: Blog von Kim (Mupfel) Huebel https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69211 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 14:55:35 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69211 [...] Toponce schrieb einen sehr lesenswerten Beitrag (in englisch), dessen Kernaussagen ich hier einfach mal ins Deutsche übersetze, damit auch die [...]

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By: Alex https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69209 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 14:46:35 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69209 I recently helped a friend with an adware-infected notebook. He used IE, and an ad bar kept coming up on the left side, even after a spybot scan. I guess I should have tried AdAware, but the whole system was so damn slow (most likely due to malware) that I didn't want to work with it anymore. I think I convinced him to use Firefox. After struggling for hours yesterday to get Windows to use my graphics card (GeForce 7600GT, which is a popular card) properly, I think my standard response to screwed up Windows will now be to install Ubuntu.

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By: Mike https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69206 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 14:26:49 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69206 We did a Ubuntu start over for my mother in law. Put the big icons so she could get to her Yahoo mail and Firefox. She didn't even notice the difference except it ran faster and didn't freeze up all the time.

My wife and I are installing Ubuntu on all of our old pc's at home.

I only use windows at work and it drives me nuts that I have to run all the virus, adware and spyware programs each week.

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By: Lee https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69203 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 14:15:19 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69203 # 8 should be #1,imho, and #9 should be #2, except that it should be a third-party firewall, not windows'. Ideally, #3 would be to make them buy a dansguardian- and clamav-based Linux gateway.

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By: kahping https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69202 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 14:10:47 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69202 Did you time the normal mode boot up? I once had to deal with a customer's PC that was also seriously infected. It was so bad Windows wasn't ready even after 30 minutes! Yes, it was still busy loading stuff

In the end I just reset the machine and used safe mode. It's much more tolerable but still some malware runs even in "safe mode"

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By: kvz https://pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69201 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 13:59:36 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2007/09/15/the-10-golden-rules-of-windows-administration/#comment-69201 I was getting close to that point to.. And now I'm there 😉 I had to reinstall Windows my mother's laptop every couple of months. Recently I just erased everything and installed Ubuntu. I just added 4 giant icons to the desktop: Internet, Mail, Word, MSN. Done. Works like a charm and she even says it's faster 🙂

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