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Author Topic: Win7 Contesting SW?  (Read 1972 times)
AB3CV
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« on: November 25, 2011, 05:54:32 PM »

I spent the afternoon going through all the eHam reviews for contesting SW. I investigated each rated highly piece and looked at the installation guides.

I was disappointed to find that all but HRD (not really a contesting package) will fail to properly install in the appropriate directories and run under Win7 with only user privileges.

The suggestions, now rules, for installation and execution for Windows developers have been in place since 2000. Is there a reason why these packages can't catch up?

Running as an Admin is just begging for trouble as is executing out of unprotected portions of the file system. I fully expect the execution rules to get tigher with subequent versions of the OS.

I'd really like to hear from some developers.

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jim ab3cv
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KF7CG
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2011, 05:58:07 AM »

Windows 7 Security is such that almost nothing can install without Admin privileges. Many packages need Admin to install/update but run well as user. This includes the Windows Office Packages that need to install as Admin but run as user.

If the Microsoft packages need to install Admin, why shouldn't others that take over a serial or usb/serial port.
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AB3CV
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2011, 06:14:31 AM »

I wasn't clear in my question. My issue is not with needing Admin privileges to install. That is expected behavior.

My issue is that the SW packages I evaluated all require either UAC to be disabled to run after installation, Admin privilege to run after installation, or installation outside the Program Files directory structure.

All of these, including installation at root, are detrimental to computer security. I expect root installs to be prohibited in future Win versions.

To avoid these issues all the programs need to do is to read/write data in a App directory in the user space rather than in the "program" directory. Doesn't seem like a difficult change to me.

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AH6RR
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2011, 10:06:35 PM »

I have Windows 7 Ultimate and use N1MM contest program with out any problems at all. I also use HRD and no issues what so ever. I have 3 hard drives in my computer (really 4, 2 are in a raid configuration and are seen as 1 drive) I install my radio programs on a separate drive and use the 3'rd drive as my back-up drive for the OS, files and all my logbooks. If you are using a laptop then you are SOL.

Roland AH6RR
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