Well, as this thread is related to computer music at least, maybe some one can help me out here. The issue is:
I use Windows XP SP3 on my PC and I have two hardware profiles configured to be able to switch between a standard configuration which allows me to use my HP Photosmart C5180 All-In-One, connect to internet or network or watch TV with a DVB-T device as well as backing up my user data on an external HDD and a second profile where these features are not available. (I turned off these devices in the device manager and deactivated related services in Windows services)
Now,I know that this feature is no longer available since Vista and so I'm searching for a resoulution to get this to work under Windows 7. I found some tools to get some of this features back to work but it's really annoying to see that there are a lot of new features, that most users will probably never use, but a really useful feature (at least for computer-musicians and DJs) is just turned off.The point is:
The registry entrys for this functionality are still there, but you can't use this feature anymore.
Is there anybody out here struggeling with the same issue? Maybe somebody who know a better soultion or another forum, which is related to themes like this? (english or german forums only)
I found this tool named pcwServices
that gives me the possibilaty to have at least two service profiles configured, but I can't turn off hardware devices for a profile, third party services installed by software like VMware, Apple etc., or save these settings as an own configuration profile.
Same issue with antivirus software. I run antivirus and firewall only in the standard configuration (Home) but not under profile two (Live). The point here is that most antivirus software can't be turned of if once started.
Another tool I found is called pcwCapsRun
. This tool gives you the opportunity to have an extended autostart functionality, to run the chosen applications only when CapsLock is active after login.
If you're going to perform live or on the way with your notebook, under XP you can deactivate W-LAN, CD-/DVD-drive, Cardreader, networkcard and maybe more to conserve your battery and this is completely missing under Vista/7! (At least saving this settings as a MSConfig profil)
I could also imagine using a online (or my HOME profile) where I have my 1.5TB internal SATA-HDD turned off. I would then use my second user profile without all the sensitive music related files in risk by simply outsourcing my different userfiles on different internal hard drives connected via RAID. (Off course I would have to turn on the first harddrive to register software online. But hey, we can also register offline in most cases!)
I know other musicians/DJs using two operating systems to be able to start two different configurations, but that's really not the goal here!
|1. ||You have to buy two systems (or hack the second one)|
|2. ||You need more disk space|
|3. ||You have to setup two systems|
|4. ||You may need two licenses for some applications|
|5. ||You'll get problems if you try to use you user data on both systems|
(I use the registry editor to outsource all user files on a second HDD)
-> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
-> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
-> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
etc. so that there is no user folder under C:\Documents and Settings\
Does somebody know how this could may workout on a Mac? Is this feature available in any other OS then XP?Any suggestions are welcome!BTW:
If I would be a chief developer working for Microsoft, I would push this feature to the max by implementing the ability to set a standard user profile for each hardware profile!