Here is a little bit of help that will make Windows 7 more palatable to you.
1. There are a number of options/settings that can be changed regarding access:
A. To change the way UAC prompts you, go to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > User Accounts > Change UAC settings and move the slider down/up. To turn it off completely, move it to the bottom and restart the computer.
B. To change the way Action Center notifies you, go to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Action Center > Change Action Center settings in the left pane. The settings apply to Updates, Internet, Firewall, UAC and Malware.
C. To take ownership with full permissions on a complete drive, click the Windows Orb (Start) > All Programs > Accessories and right-click Command Prompt, then ‘Run as Administrator’. Type these two commands, each followed by the Enter key, then close the Command Prompt. In the example, I have used drive d: as the drive and JohnSmith as the user name, change both of them accordingly.
takeown /f d:
icacls d: /grant JohnSmith:F
2. To show hidden files and folders, go to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Folder Options > View Tab click ‘Show hidden files, folders and drives’.
3. When drivers are not available or don’t apparently work, try those from a previous edition of Windows. Once you’ve found it (or downloaded it), put the older driver installation file on the Desktop, right-click it and select Properties > Compatibility Tab. Now choose to run the program in compatibility mode of a previous version of Windows then Apply > OK. Right-click the file and select the Run As Administrator option to install it.