3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 4, 2013 12:07 AM by user1618

    Practical Windows Config

    BruceRobertson

      I may need to manage a laptop with Window 7 installed for building and testing a Windows runtime for a client.

       

      I really don't use Windows, though I have an old config of XP with Parallels on a Macbook Pro.

       

      What I am wondering about is practical realistic setup for a Windows machine - and this is mostly about security and virus control.

       

      What are people using for Windows security?

      Native Windows features?

      Also get a third party security app?

        • 1. Re: Practical Windows Config
          mikebeargie

          You'll want to have the system windows firewall and auto-updates on.

           

          The following antivirus programs are regulars:

          -AVG

          -MSE (MS security essentials)

          -ESET NOD32

          -Trend Micro

           

          Antimalware scanners:

          -Malwarebytes

           

          Since you said "security control", you will also want to test it with different level user accounts (admin, non-admin, guest, etc..)

          • 2. Re: Practical Windows Config
            Malcolm

            What I am wondering about is practical realistic setup for a Windows machine - and this is mostly about security and virus control.

             

            I find that www.majorgeeks.com is a good resource for current advice and tools.

             

            Malcolm

            • 3. Re: Practical Windows Config
              user1618

              I agree with Mike,

               

              Realistically, you should find some AV software on the laptop and you should be able to test it with and without any exclusions to your data or solution.

               

              Also realistically, you may or may not find Windows 7 with the User Accounts Control (UAC) feature turned off or on.  Turning it off is not recommended but turning it on can lead to some very interesting testing results.  If you elect to have the UAC turned on, and you put your runtime solution and DATA within the Program Files directory, you will most certainly want to review the concept of the Virtual Store.  Several years ago, Microsoft began warning that Databases should not be kept in the Program Files folders, rather in Documents or another predictable location.

               

              If your Runtime and Data are bound to the same location, give serious consideration to installing out of the Program Files folder.  As you near the roll out, continue to post your findings and questions.