I have been a staunch supporter and continuous user of Windows XP Home and Professional since 2002. I skipped Vista for obvious reasons. When I needed to replace my old Dell laptop for a new rig, I knew it was time to face reality.
So I purchased a HP with Windows 7 Home Premium (good enough for my everyday uses; I don’t need to connect to any corporate network). I also purchased a Windows 7 Professional license (64 bits) to install on my MacBook Pro’s Boot Camp partition. So far, so good.
I installed my work tools on both Windows 7: MS Office 2007, InDesign CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3, Acrobat Pro 8.0, Trados and, my preferred tool, Deja Vu X.
Not long ago, my roommate Tamer, an Arabic translator, caught malware on his Windows 7 machine. I then modified my UAC (User Account Control) settings to the value recommended by Windows as a precautionary measure, on both machines. Bad call.
Please see the different positions in the UAC window:
In the “Always notify” setting, Trados 2007 Freelance will be unable to open translation memories (TMs) and Deja Vu X will give a “the file may be corrupt” message every time you try to open a project file or a translation memory.
The setting I recommend is the one indicated in the figure above. I briefly tried to circumvent this limitation by creating a Standard user account and using the recommended UAC setting. Trados TM files can’t be opened and Deja Vu X TM files become invisible.
Obviously, I practice common sense and use a good antivirus and antimalware program, always updated.