Vista, Take Three

Obviously this is going to turn into a whole series of posts. I feel like I should do some really absurd things, like trying to install ancient programs, running old DOS games, that sort of thing, but we’ll see.

I think the hidden folders not showing is a matter of permissions. Shouldn’t be a biggie, though not just anyone would ever have any clue what to do, or that anything was even being hidden from them.

Heck, sharing is easy. I’m now accessing the C drive of the Vista machine from the 2000 machine. But they haven’t changed anything, as far as setting NT-style permissions. It defaults to read-only, accessible to anyone, up to ten simultaneous connections. No wizard. No putting it in simple terms. I set permissions requiring connecting as me, full control, and removed the “everyone” permission from the list. What I might expect is for them to offer sharing to current user only, with an explanation saying when you connect from another machine on your network, you would have to put in your name and password. Then the checkboxes for full control, etc. and a warning about that. At the same time, a part of me likes that everything hasn’t yet been oversimplified and wizarded to the point where, for me, it’s harder or more confusing.

I did note that the default share of the drive isn’t accessible, even with a password, as might be the case in some Windows versions. Basically the hard drives are shared hidden (with a $ after the share name) for network admin purposes, and most people would never know the difference.

What inspired this post is my examining the profile folder from the 2000 machine. Sure enough, from here I can see all the hidden files and folders. There are eleven visible and eighteen hidden, including folders named (listing for my own future reference):
Application Data
Local Settings
My Documents
Start Menu

The files are all ntuser.dat, ntuser log, and ntuser.ini files. What, you doubted that Vista, XP and 2000 were all heirs of and ultimately based off of NT? Doubt no more.

The “My Documents” folder is now simply named “Documents,” and is one of the visible ones under the profile. Thus the hidden “My Documents” intrigues me, no doubt being there for backward compatibility and redirecting to the Documents folder.

SendTo is one of my favorites. Any program shortcut you put in SendTo (which is kind of hard if it’s completely inaccessible, but then I didn’t check yet whether there is still a send to option on the context menus in Vista) appears in right-click menus in Windows where appropriate. You can right-click a text file, say, and choose send to and select Notepad… if you have copied the shortcut for Notepad into the SendTo folder for that user. I modify any copy of Windows I work on to any significant degree to make Notepad available. Using SendTo also fails to leave a telltale entry under…

Recent is a folder the system uses to put shortcuts to files you have opened, and that is what displays, at least in part, under “documents” on the Start menu, making it easy to go back to something you opened recently. It’s great for apps that don’t have an MRU (most recently used) menu the way, say, Word does. It can also save you if you want but can’t remember a document you opened recently but not recently enough to appear in the default four Word tracks.

Anyway, I think that covers it, and I need to go now. Undoubtedly there will be more later! I think it’s Deb’s turn to post…