With Windows Vista, Microsoft also offers a very detailed control system for defining the limits within which the little ones can move inside and outside of the operating system . Parental Controls in Windows Vista allows you to take action on four different aspects of computer use : a Web filter that restricts browsing , a setup program schedules in which the PC is available , a limitation to the games that can be performed , a list of programs for which you may prohibit the execution . By setting a password for the administrative accounts of the parents can create a safe and controlled environment for the little ones : just set appropriately the freedom that you want to grant .
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The first item , the Windows Vista Web Filter allows you to delegate to Windows and its generic settings and defaults ( restriction to “High” and “Media”) navigation control , which is not related only to Internet Explorer 7 but also involves browser ” third parties” such as Firefox . If necessary , you can customize the navigation by setting limits to liking the
arguments to which the user can access , or even specify individual Web sites accessible , far more secure solution than the generic categories preset by Windows Vista. Through the ” time restrictions ” is not possible to prevent access to the computer at times other than those permitted : the approach of the forced expiration of the session the user is prompted to allow him to save all your files safely. They rely instead on the specifications dictated by PEGI (Pan European Game Information , the system of self-certification of age limits and content of the games ) limitations for video games , which offer parents the option of preventing the installation and startup securities classified as unfit over a certain age limit and specify precisely the arguments that you would prefer that children do not encounter during their leisure hours.
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With regard to the application , however, you can view a complete list of all the installed programs to enable or disable them at will. In short, we are faced with a set of tools capable and efficient enough to control the way in which the younger home users use computers : Parental Control , in front of an activity is not permitted , however, provides the opportunity to unlock it by entering a password in order to allow parents to intervene in individual cases and , perhaps, to allow the execution of a video game closely watching the activities of the child. Finally , Windows Vista builds a log that lists in detail the activities undertaken by the user ( including activities related to instant messaging and e-mail ) for a subsequent check on time and effectively.
Organize documents and programs Windows Vista has made some changes in the way documents and programs of the various users of the computer are stored . In particular , it is curious to find out how it was finally resolved one of the problems that created confusion on the hard drive , which is the mismatch of the folder names between versions of the operating system dedicated to different countries. It has happened to all Windows XP to install a shareware and not to notice that his file , instead of being copied to the Program Files folder, cramming in the folder “Program Files” , which is the default for English versions of Windows Xp . Today, this does not happen anymore , because the names of system folders ( Program Files , Users and documents but also , for example) are nothing more than ” labels ” applied to real folders that keep the hard disk, in a ” hidden ” all ‘ user , the original names of the system in English. For realizing it, just open a command window
(Start-> All Programs -> Accessories- > Command Prompt ) and look at the default location which is “C: \ Users \ Username ” and not ” C: \ Users \ Username ” , as it appears in Windows Explorer instead . Similarly, browsing the hard drive to its root with the command ” cd \ ” followed by ENTER and typing the command “dir” you can see how the program folder name is actually just “Program Files” , also in the Italian version of Windows Vista.
The same applies to the user folders , which are now organized into a new directory called ” Users” on the hard drive , but shown as ” Users” in the operating system . The structure of the user’s files can still be customized , as was already the case with Windows XP : The interesting thing is that the procedure has been improved by moving right in these folders. It often happens that those who can count on more than one hard drive inside the computer prefers to keep documents and, perhaps , their own music, or photos on a drive other than the system on which it resides . You may also want to avoid problems in case of computer failure , since in this unfortunate event you can reinstall the operating system without worrying about copy elsewhere documents already stored on a separate disk, and then secure during the format operation .
The operating system, as described in the ” Move Documents” then allows you to associate the system folder My Documents to any directory on the disc, and also helps in the migration automatically transferring the contents of the default folder (“C: \ Users \ Username \ Documents “) to the destination directory choice. A nice convenience , especially since it is still maintained consistent logic through which Windows Vista lists the personal files : opening their own user folder , each user of the computer , however, will find listed all items, regardless of the physical location of the hard drives within your computer, without having to navigate between drive and directory to find the My Documents folder you moved .
Inside the user folder ( accessible at any time from Windows Explorer shortcut on the desktop or through the Start menu ), then you will find listed in a very orderly all your personal files , not just Documents, Music and Video, but also your favorites , the contacts , the results of our research , the software downloaded and saved our favorite games. the transition to Windows Vista now appears premature.
The new operating system is still young and shows some features still to be finalized , so much so that there are rumors of a service pack already in development . The new features described in the preceding pages , however, are undoubtedly interesting and in many cases even today can justify upgrading to the new operating system , provided you carefully check the hardware features of the computer that will host view and , if necessary , to proceed an update of the configuration. Otherwise, better to wait : Windows Xp , after all, continues to work fine …
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