- I'm not sure about "best practices", but in win7 is it common to use administrator account and ask for real administrator access when needed
- regarding the particular colors and what to be colored - i would really prefer noticeability more than usability - but also that's why i asked about some "different configuration", so i can customize the look to be noticeable and usable same time, for my particular needs
1) As Centaur suggested, use two DIFFERENT user accounts. One as a regular user account, the other - administrator account. This is the best practice. Windows 7 way to be an admin that is not a real admin unless you say "Run as Admin" is not a good way. Especially when you save files on the network.
FAR 2 keeps all settings in registry. If you use two different accounts, you can customize FAR manager in any way you like. The settings are completely separate.
This is exactly what I am doing with FAR2 on my Windows 7 system.
I am running as a regular user (not an admin in any way). However when I need to do management work, I start FAR manager using "Admin FAR" shortcut, that has a check "Run as administrator" in the shortcut Properties/Advanced section. This prompts to enter the administrator credentials (name and password). So I have two separate admin accounts (one local admin, the other is domain admin) to perform any management work.
For for "Admin FAR" shortcut I changed the default icon (blue) to green. This also visually differentiates it on the task bar.
To enhance this approach, you can create multiple admin and non-admin FAR shortcuts with different icons to indicate different kind of work to do with this FAR manager instance. Also see item 3 below.
2) As another alternative, use "/u username" parameter when you start FAR. More information - F1, Command line switches.
Regular FAR shortcut: c:\bin\far2\far.exe
Admin FAR shortcut: c:\bin\far2\far.exe /u TestAdmin
NOTE: TestAdmin in this case is not a real Windows user name but just a name of the FAR profile. It can be any.
Then start FAR using both shortcuts and configure border colors. F9, Options, Colors, Panel, Border.
Press Shift+F9 when you done.
This approach also keeps FAR manager settings in registry, however the registry path is located under the current user profile.
3) If you have configured "Combine taskbar buttons" on your Windows 7 taskbar (this is default), then you can go even further...
Create a symbolic link (or hardlink) to your far.exe file with different file name in the same directory.
For example, create the a symlink (or hardlink) C:\bin\far2\faradmin.exe for C:\bin\far2\far.exe. Create two shortcuts, one for C:\bin\far2\faradmin.exe and the other for C:\bin\far2\far.exe. When you start multiple FAR copies using diffent shortcuts (that point to different executables), Windows 7 groups them separately on the taskbar. This allows you to separate regular FAR group from Admin FAR group on the task bar.