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Windows Vista and batch files: UAC changes the rules (Part 1 of 2)

Windows Vista… whenever I hear this name, the first I think about is the polemic and only then about the Operating System. Vista has been the target of many criticisms, some justified, some simple matters of personal taste, and some only created to put gasoline on the fire. As such, many IT professionals expressed a great dislike of UAC (User Account Control), one of the main new security features of Vista, especially because they felt it was getting in their ways too often and that they knew their job well enough to not be bugged by it. Even if they are of course able to disable it on the computers they use, they would still have to bear with it on the other computers of their networks or on their customer’s machines: they simply can’t disregard UAC’s existence and have to cope with it and make sure their software and products get along nicely with it.

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VMWare ThinApp: a nice mixture of "virtualization" and "portability"

Some days ago, I had the opportunity to check out an utility from VMWare, ThinApp, using a technology I have heard about for some time: application virtualization. Romhack.Net co-author Fred already wrote a couple of comprehensive articles about machine virtualization here so we already know the good and bad points of complete machine virtualization. But what’s up with “application virtualization”?

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Emulation vs Virtualization

For years, developers thought their programs would always run on newer platforms, with the desperate hope that Intel and Microsoft would build their new components and operating systems based on the previous ones, with full retro-compatibility. They were wrong. Whether retro-compatibility is a good or bad thing is an extensive topic. Dropping it is a good way to enforce good habits among developers and end-users. But these people may not want to have their habits enforced by an external company, even if it is the platform provider. This is an endless debate we can have, and will probably have on this blog… someday.

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