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#31 MH81 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 09, 2013 - 11:26 PM

I had him as a limited user acc't.  That's what scalds me.  Someone, somewhere told him to download a program and it set him as an admin.  I know he didnt do it maliciously, or break my personal password (or he'd be on my machine too) but It still irritates me to no end.

 

I think I may let him play with Linux for a while and then set new passwords if he hasn't destroyed it.  He already knows more than I do about it.  He said he wishes he had it back as windows, but I can see he's having fun with learning something new too.



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Posted January 10, 2013 - 11:56 AM

So I take it you got it installed OK.  If you installed Mint on the PC and he is using the account you used to set it up with then he has what is called a SUDO root account.  What that means is the system uses that account's password as the Root password where as other Linux Distributions use a separate password as the Root password.  It is Convenient that way but you are also always logged in as Root which purist don't like.  

 

The thing he probably doesn't like is Linux is not a big gaming platform although it has made some big strides in that area in the last few years.

 

Alan pls find out from him what program he was installing that would change his account permission's just for my future reference.



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Posted January 10, 2013 - 02:11 PM

I've just read this thread and would also like to know what he got into (If he knows).  About halfway through last semester, taking a security course and another course, I set up both my computers so that I'm not using Admin all the time, and the kids have their own user as well.  I swear, it's like Windows WANTS consumers dangling in the wind.  "Oh, we want a business friendly system", never mind that the BUSINESS is WAY more likely to have a specialist who can configure Windows to work in a group than the average homeowner is going to be able to secure their own system.



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Posted January 10, 2013 - 03:24 PM

i would also like t know the program name is possible. i have a desk top that was givin to me with a 1 tb drive and im thinking the wife may like it. the guy that gave it to me forgot the password that he made when he was drunk. LOL



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Posted January 10, 2013 - 03:58 PM

DS you going to put Linux on there?  You know you can recover that password.  I've had to do that on a couple of machines.



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Posted January 10, 2013 - 04:48 PM

it has to stay windows  :shoot2:

the wife wont use linux without complaining the whole time.

so to keep peace and my ears ill keep windows on it.

at least she will keep it cleaned up and updated since i told her that if she wants windows she has to take care of it. 



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Posted January 10, 2013 - 04:56 PM

Sounds like you have the same deal as I have with my wife.  Trouble is she does some things but I usually end up going in there and fixing what she tried to do.  :wallbanging:



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Posted January 10, 2013 - 07:33 PM

i told my wife that if i have to fix it , im putting linux on it. 

seems to have done the job. 5 years and i havent had to do anything to her computer  :dancingbanana:






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