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Windows® 7 for Dummies® by Andy Rathbone

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Chapter 21. Ten or So Things You'll Hate about Windows 7 (And How to Fix Them)

In This Chapter

  • Stopping the permission screens

  • Finding the Windows 7 menus

  • Turning off Aero Glass to speed up your PC

Windows 7 certainly outshines its ungainly predecessor, Windows Vista. Still, you may find yourself thinking Windows 7 would be perfect if only ... (insert your pet peeve here). If you find yourself thinking (or saying) those words frequently, read this chapter. Here, you find not only a list of ten or so of the most aggravating things about Windows 7, but also ways you can fix them.

I Can't Stand Those Nagging Permission Screens

You can take either of two approaches to Windows 7's nagging permission screens:

  • Microsoft's preferred approach: Before automatically clicking the Yes or Continue button, ask yourself this question: Did I initiate this action? If you deliberately asked your PC to do something, click Yes or Continue for the PC to carry out your command. But if the permission screen pops up unexpectedly, click Cancel, because something's wrong.

  • The easy way out: Turn off the permission screens, as I explain in Chapter 17. Unfortunately, that leaves your PC more susceptible to viruses, worms, spyware, and other evil things tossed at your PC during the course of the day.

Neither option is perfect, but that's the choice that Microsoft has given you with Windows 7: Listen to your PC's occasional nags or turn off the nags and instead trust your own antivirus and antispyware programs.

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