New computers – Windows 7 – compatibility (4) – oddities

A few interesting … “undocumented features” of Windows 7 observed in the last couple of days.

One is that Windows 7 seems to have a great deal of difficulty remembering the window settings (placement, size, full screen, etc.) for non-Microsoft software.  Not terribly important, perhaps, but greatly annoying, and new to Windows 7.  (XP had some faults in that regard, but nothing like Win7.)

I plugged in one of my cameras this morning.  Normally this would just be plug and play.  However, I couldn’t find any entry for it in Windows Explorer, even though the computer had said that the new device was found, and the driver successfully installed.  Unplugged and plugged again, and it still wouldn’t play.  Finally went looking for devices and printers, and, under removeable storage it simply did not appear.

However, I noticed that one of the other devices had an oddly familiar name.  When I clicked on that, I noticed that one of my mapped network drives was no longer that network drive, but the camera.  Very odd.

(I must say that, once I found out [via Google, not Microsoft Help] how to access it, I very much appreciated the fact that you no longer have to go through contortions to get yourself a command prompt function via Windows Explorer.  A “Shift-context menu” seems a bit arcane, though …)

  • http://None Juan

    A USB drive can also take over a mapped drive in Windows, XP, Vista or newer.

    So before plugging in your USB drive you have a mapped drive as M:. then you plug the USB drive and it takes over M: but you only notice it because the contents of the folder is different,

  • myname

    i still don’t get the security issues in this windows 7 series.

  • http://None Juan

    In this case the problem I see is that a newly connected device is displayed as an existing mapped drive, making it easier to hide a potentially malicious device.

    This becomes an annoyance real quick in environments where multiple mapped drives are available on a system making finding a USB lash drive hard at times if it ends up using an existing drive mapping.