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Is a standard user account necessary for tight security and home user?

Q: Is a standard user account necessary for tight security and home user?

Is a standard user account really necessary for tight security for the home user or will a well secured administrator account be sufficient?

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I have heard that it is safer to be logged on only on a limited/standard account rather than an administrator when logging on to the Internet.
Is this true?
I am the main user here on a home computer My grandchildren have access on a limited account.
I am the only administrator and my user account is as administrator.
Would I have to turn my present main user account (where all my documents are stored and which I use for everything on a daily basis ) into a limited/standard account and create a second user account with administrator rights and switch to the second ( administrator ) account when I want to download something or change settings?
 

A:Use of Limited / Standard User Account for Security

Yes, it is more secure to run your computer daily with a limited user account. Attackers take advantage of coding flaws in Windows and try to install malware when you chance upon their websites. If you are running as a limited user, some of these installs will fail, because only administrator accounts can make system changes.

You will have to create a second administrative account first and then demote your present account to limited user.

You don't have to use the admin account to do downloading. You only have to use it if you are installing a program. I normally download applications to the Public/Downloads folder ( on Vista, or a subfolder of All Users on XP )
 

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Hey forum,

I never thought about it until recently when a friend mentioned it. He said even though I am the only one that uses my computer, that I should still create a standard user account and use that to greatly increase the security of my system. This seems to be sound logic and I have heard it somewhere else before, but I figure I would ask for the opinion of someone much more knowledgeable than myself.

Is it recommended to operate under a standard user account login even if you the sole user to the computer?

A:Creating a standard user account for security purposes?

There are different views on this so I'll give you mine as an Installation guy who tries to set up perfect installs as compiled in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

When WIn7 is installed it issues an Admin account to the user assuming he is the owner.

As long as User Account Controls are kept at default then the only protection that an Admin Account lacks is that it will not be prompted to okay any changes with a password. It will still dim the desktop and flash the warning that changes are being made. So ask yourself how much more important it is to you to have to insert your password for every change made which triggers UAC. For most it is too annoying a redundancy to bother with.

If others are using your PC it is always a good idea to create for them a Standard Account and then password yours, or use the built-in Guest account.

Others may have a different view which is equally as compelling.

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According to the windows.microsoft.com website "Your user account prevents anyone who is using a standard account on your computer from seeing your files." My wife and I share our computer: I have an administrator account and she has a standard user account. Yet when she is logged in she can access my documents and read them via File Explorer, though she cannot delete them. This seems to contradict what Microsoft say or am I missing something? Grateful for any advice.

Since writing the above I have found that the same situation exists on the other computer that we share, but in this case she is able to delete the documents as well.

Sorry, everyone, I think I've solved this. I must have set particular sharing permissions and forgotten I'd done so.

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Hi. I'm fixing up a computer for someone and I'm considering locking down permissions for non-admin users a little more than just setting the account type to standard.
 
*quick back story*
 
This computer is locked down because the employees forgot the password to the single account.  I break in via iso and then BitTorrent boots up and starts SEEDING illegal music files.  I know the owner of the company very well and I know he doesn't condone the use of his computer and bandwidth for pirating and seeding music.  There's loads of other junk on the computer that in no way benefits the company (assisted living housing).  So I clean it up with Revo, CCleaner, Malwarebytes, etc.  Then I made a new standard user account and an administrator account.  I plan to give the admin password to the owner, and the standard password to the employees + owner.  
 
My friend suggested that I somehow lock down the account beyond just setting the permissions to standard.  Do you guys have any recommendations for programs to do this?  Do you think that just standard permissions will be enough?  Thanks.
 
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fyi the employees use it to view MS Office documents and web browsing.  Other than that I don't believe their work involves the use of other programs.

A:How should I lock down a user account for employees? Beyond 'standard user'

Hello, You didn't mention the OS. You can set up a Software Restriction Policy but it is only available with Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise and XP pro.
 
http://www.mechbgon.com/srp/
 
With Windows Home you can use Parental Controls to allow only certain programs.

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How come the UAC is set to the lowest setting for the admin, but for a standard user it is still set as default (requiring admin password)?

A:User Account Control for standard user.

Built in admin bypasses UAC, hence the setting. Any other users (even users created as admin) get UAC prompts.

This is one of the many reasons security best practices dictate creating a second admin account and disabling the built in one.

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move all of my settings to the user account that works correctly and delete the one that does not.

Thanks
 

A:Solved: Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account

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Hey, I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium on my HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop and I need help getting my Standard user account back to Administrator. I can't run certain programs and I also can't install and uninstall anything. I don't have the Windows 7 Installation Disk to do restore. I have already tried Safe Mode and I can't enable and built in admin either. Please help me! Thank you!

A:How can I put my Standard user account back to Administrator when the ASP.NET Machine account is admin?

How are you trying to change the type of account?I don't have the Windows 7 Installation Disk to do restoreDo you mean System Restore? If you are, you don't need the installation disk to do this.To use System Restore click on the start orb. In the search box type in System Restore. In the list of results click on System Restore, if you are prompted for an administrator password type it in.Follow the prompts to choose a restore point and restore your computer.

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Hi, does anyone know what happens if I mistakenly deleted a user account?

When I open my computer, then right click on the "This pc" there is a option called "Manage". Then under manage, there are user accounts. I mistakenly deleted the "Administrators" group from my current account. Only left is standard user group.

The admin account is password protected and I have the password. Is it possible to log into the admin account and change promote back my current account?

I did try to right click "manage", but I get this window (attached file) with no place to put the password. That is slightly annoying. I was trying to reassign myself back in the admin group.

I was thinking of making an account which can modify all items, such adding hardware and items under "Device manager" etc but just limit to not being able to just make a new admin full access account. Seems that deleting the admin solves the not being able to make a new account, but in the process I'm locked out from the admin settings.

Is it possible to create a super-user account just limiting not being able to make new user accounts and have access to all such as device manager? It would be nice to not have to log into admin account just to check newly installed hardware.

Currently, on standard user, I am unable to go to "device manager" and other admin based stuff (with that admin shield logo).

Thanks

A:Accidentaly changed admin account to standard user account

From desktop, hold CTRL+ALT then press DEL keyClick on Switch UserType: Administrator and enter the passwordOnce you are in, Win+X->Command Prompt(Admin)Type: net localgroup administrators username /add <======== replace username with your namesign out and sign back in with your name.

NOTE: In step 3, I Assume that you have the built in Admin turned on and you said you have the password.

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I've just installed a new copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. By default the 'first' user account (as declared in windows setup), is set at administrator level.
I want to run this 'main' account as a standard user, but when I went to change this in account settings, the option to change the account to standard was greyed out.

I decided to enable the administrator account to change this (computer management/local users and groups, un-ticked 'account is disabled'). I logged on as administrator, then changed the main account to standard.

As the Administrator account is now 'enabled', it shows on the welcome screen. I don't want this.
I went back and disabled it (running computer management as admin, in the now standard account, and re-ticked 'account is disabled').
technically, this should be how it was before I touched it, except, the 'main' account is now at standard user level, rather than administrator level.

The problem i have now, is when trying to run anything on the standard account, that needs admin rights, i get the UAC box, asking to enter admin password (which is blank), but there is no 'administrator' icon or password field, and the 'yes' button is greyed out.

How can I have my main account as standard user, the administrator account not showing on welcome screen, but allowing it (admin) to authorise actions on the standard account that required admin rights via UAC? i.e when UAC comes up, I can cl... Read more

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. When I try, I get the error message listed below. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move all of my settings to the user account that works correctly and delete the one that does not.

Thanks

A:Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account

Hello,

Right click Computer and click manage. On the left hand side there will be local users and groups. Go to the Administrators group and just confirm that the Owner account is in there?
Dave

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I have always been running admin and even until now I run as admin. But, I have been doing a little bit of research and realize that using a standard account is a safer practice. I have never even used a standard account. Is using a standard account a better practice? Also, how does doing average task such as installing programs and updating work through the standard user account?

A:Using default admin account vs standard user account

Its safer to always run programs with lower privileges, and run as administrator when needed. Personally, I like my UAC set to the max. Basically, it stops programs from messing with your PC without permission.

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Since this a security forum, I thought it would be nice to see how many of our members bother creating a Standard User Account or simply use the default Admin User Account.

Anyone is free to explain their own reasoning for choosing a type of account if he/she wants to.

Currently I use a Standard User Account. Decided to try one a few days ago, and so far I like it. I don't find it that much annoying or bothersome(so far)
 

A:Administrator Account vs Standard/Limited User Account

I do beta and malware testing, so a SUA\LUA doesn't make much sense for me; for what I do - processes need elevated privileges on a frequent basis - making a SUA\LUA impractical.
 

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Finally was able to copy my default user profile so that my admin account and the two standard user accounts are set up just the way I like them. Now in my standard account that I use on a daily basis every time I open a program a UAC pops up and makes me enter my admin password.

A:Standard user account

make one of your user accounts have admin priviledges
although you give it admin priviledges it is not the same as the actual admin account which is hidden

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What do you say about SUA?
 

A:Do you use a Standard User Account (SUA)?

I do recommended SUA in daily basic.
 

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Is it still recommended to do your daily tasks in a non-administrator user account, or is that obsolete advice in windows 8-10?

A:should I use a standard user account?

Personally, my Microsoft Account login has administrator privileges. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a main user account with user privileges and a seperate local account with administrator privileges.

What you absolutely do NOT want to do is rely upon or use the built-in Administrator account as your routine administrator account.

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Finally was able to copy my default user profile so that my admin account and the two standard user accounts are set up just the way I like them. Now in my standard account that I use on a daily basis every time I open a program a UAC pops up and makes me enter my admin password.

A:Standard user account

Bump.

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I installed a program on the administrator account, Asus SixEngine that works correctly on this account, but the standard account, this program does not retain settings and every restart the program runs with default settings, not those made ​​by me.
We walked to the permission, I gave full control and still not working correctly.

sorry for my bad english

A:standard user account

Have a look at this:
ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Forum- P5Q - Sixengine.exe

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hello,

I have created a standard user.

my requirements:

1. standard user can install programs, which is saved for future uses (i have seen pcs where the programs are deleted/uninstalled as soon as the user log out)

2. standard user CANNOT re-install windows by inserting a windows disc at boot up!!

Is this already present under default standard user or..do i have to add some settings?

thank you!

A:Account type: Standard user

  
Quote: Originally Posted by johnn1


1. standard user can install programs, which is saved for future uses (i have seen pcs where the programs are deleted/uninstalled as soon as the user log out)


Installing a program isn't actually a special thing, it is just copying files to a certain location and setting some things up. As long as an application is not depending on administrative power it can be ran or installed anywhere. So yes a standard user can install applications...if they support installing without admin power. Look at Google Chrome, it requires no administrative power to install or run.






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2. standard user CANNOT re-install windows by inserting a windows disc at boot up!!


Impossible. Windows is not running when a computer boots up, thus no user accounts.

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I want to stop my son from accessing 'my docs'. He has a basic account and I am administrator. How do I do this?

Thanks.

A:Standard User Account Restrictions

You moved your documents outside of your user directory (C:\Users\[username])? Otherwise they would have been protected...unless you altered the permissions of the system.

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I just created a standard user account and when I log on its blank like I just installed windows. How do I give a standard account the same desktop and start menu settings as my admin account? I asked this on a Microsoft forum that didn't help. Thanks,

A:Standard User Account Desktop

Hi Cyber Kong,

Can you please post a screenshot of what you're describing, according to these instructions? http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

That will help a lot, thanks.

Walker
Windows Outreach Team

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I occasionally come across some functions that I can't access through my standard user account. The latest one is Start/Default Programs/Set program access and computer defaults. It tells me I do not have permission, no opportunity to elevate rights, so I had to log into the admin account.

I tried starting Control Panel using Run as administrator and going in through there, did the same thing.

Any ideas how to gain access in way that allows the UAC elevation?

Thanks

A:Not accessible through a standard user account?

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

Standard Account:





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A standard user account lets a person use most of the capabilities of the computer, but permission from an administrator is required if you want to make changes that affect other users or the security of the computer.
When you use a standard account, you can use most programs that are installed on the computer, but you can't install or uninstall software and hardware, delete files that are required for the computer to work, or change settings on the computer that affect other users. If you're using a standard account, some programs might require you to provide an administrator password before you can perform certain tasks.


Administrator Account:





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An administrator account is a user account that lets you make changes that will affect other users. Administrators can change security settings, install software and hardware, and access all files on the computer. Administrators can also make changes to other user accounts.
When you set up Windows, you'll be required to create a user account. This account is an administrator account that allows you to set up your computer and install any programs that you would like to use. Once you have finished setting up your computer, we recommend that you use a standard user account for your day-to-day computing. It's more secure to use a standard user account instead of an administrator account.

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When I try to change the account type for ANY of the accounts on my desktop PC from admin to standard, I can no longer login to that particular account unless I make it admin again.

What happens is, after clicking the account the "Welcome" screen appears, then after a short moment, instead of logging me into that account, it returns me back to the account screen, as if nothing ever happened.

I did scans with Malwarebytes and MSE, didn't help. I also tried to repair potentially corrupt system files by typing "sfc /scannow" into Command Prompt. That didn't help either. My laptop has Windows 7 too and doesn't appear to have this problem.

Desktop specs:
CPU: Intel Core i7-870 @ 2.93GHz (4 cores, 8 threads)
RAM: 6GB DDR3
GPU: AMD Radeon 5570, 2GB GDDR3
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 

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I am having problems setting up different user accounts. I have been using my administrator account since I have owned my laptop. However, there are other members of my household that have recently been using my laptop to surf the web and do basically whatever they want on my laptop. This is fine and dandy with me, but I have a lot information and work files on my laptop that I do not want to be harmed or deleted by mistake! So, I decided that I would like to set up different user accounts for each user.
First I went to the control panel and created a new user account as a standard user. Now when I go to start and select switch user the only options I have are my Adminstrator Account and the Guest Account. The new standard user account is not listed in my options to select. I went back to the control panel to ensure that the new standard user account is listed and it is!
So, how come there is no option to sign into it?
I am working on a home network/work group. Is there a step I am missing or am I doing something wrong?
Thank you in advance for your help!!
 

A:Windows 7 Standard User Account

I don't know if it is necessary, but I'd try a reboot before doing anything more.
 

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Hello!

I have a laptop with vista home premium sp2 64 bit and have created a standard user account. Now I have two accounts, the administrator account and the standard user account. My question is, is it possible to get the standard user account to remember my settings? For example, under system properties, performance, visual effects I like to customize those settings. I have to do it every time I log into the standard account. How can I get these to stay each time I log in?

Thanks

A:Standard user account question

AFAIK, it should keep those settings but not 100% sure.

You could try a trial of a third party program such as TuneUp Utilities or Vista Manager as you may be able to get the settings to stick that way???

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When I my son signs on it comes back with logging off and logs him off.
I am setup as an administrator and can log on without any problems, my son's account is setup as standard user account with parental controls turn on.
I have deleted his account and created a new one as a standard user, I tried turning off parental controls and I still get the same problem.
The only way around this I have found so far is to make his account an administrator.
Which is not something that I want to keep this way.

Can someone please help me to correct this problem.

Thanks
Andrew

A:standard user account just logs off.

All non-admin accounts result in immediate logoff?

Does that also happen if you boot the machine into safe mode (hold F8 at startup)?

Is anything of interest logged at the time in the system or app event logs (run EVENTVWR afterwards to check)?

Have you installed any additional "parenting" software on that machine?

What worries me a little is the fact that adding a user to the admins group "fixes" this. That would presumably rule out any account-specific configuration settings such as the contents of their Startup folder (they still run the same startup group as admins). You may also wish to run a thorough malware scan, if you haven't already done so.

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How do i get a new picture in standard user account?
it never has had a picture
when i click start/picture standard user account/add picture nothing happens-start screen goes task bar does not let me do anything.
tried control panel/user accounts/manage accounts
does not give me option add picture
any ideas?
 

A:Picture standard user account

Go to PC Settings > Accounts > Browse .... then click on the picture that you want to associate with your account.

T.
 

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Hello,

I just bought my new acer laptop today, and it came with windows 8.1. Right out of the box, I installed the updates and as soon as that was done, I tried to setup a "standard" account, so I'm not surfing the web with admin privs. The problem is, I can make the accounts but I can't log into them. Every time I do I get immediately signed out. It acts as if it's going to load, then switches to signing out and takes me back to the start. I've tried googling this and can't seem to find any info on it. It's a brand new laptop, hasn't been out of the box a day yet.

A:Can't sign in to Standard user account

The same thing happened to me. I checked my event logs and found out it was the Soluto program pre-installed with the laptop. I had uninstalled the program (and the other pre-installed programs like Pokki and WildTangent) through the "Programs and Features" control panel but apparently not everything was uninstalled. Check out the following link to get the Soluto uninstall cleanup tool after you uninstall Soluto through the "Programs and Features" control panel:

https://support.soluto.com/entries/2...m-a-Desktop-PC

I also recommend getting the uninstall clean up tool for Pokki, too:

Pokki | Uninstalling Pokki

After uninstalling WildTangent through the "Programs and Features" control panel, there are still a lot of items left behind. Reinstall the Wildtangent program, and then uninstall it again in the "Program and Features" control panel. Everything should be gone now. I guess the WildTangent installer Acer used was misconfigured. Scroll down to the last section called "Windows Vista and Windows 7 or 8 Users":

https://wildtangent.zendesk.com/hc/e...stalling-Games
Good luck!

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I set up four Dell Computers with Windows 7 Home Premium. Used my administrative account to install software (Microsoft Office Suite), Microsoft Security Essentials, Ccleaner, and Malawarebytes. All programs installed properly.

As these computers are going to be used in a public place by junior and senior high school students, I thought it would be best to set up a standard user account for each of the four computers. I have it set up but when I log in as a standard use (non administrative) all the programs that were installed are not available.

Tell me if I'm wrong. I think the programs would still be listed in program files when the standard user is open. Can I go to each of the programs and right click to open and then be prompted to key in my administrative password. I would think this should allow the program to be run in the standard user desktop.

If I'm missing something, please help. I need these four conmputers to function with the programs that I've installed using my administrative password.

Thanks in advance for any and all assistance that you might provide.

A:Standard User Account in Windows 7

Hello JazzMahn,What you are missing are probably only the Shortcuts on the Start Menu.When you install a program if possible choose the option "Install for All Users" or similar, when the installer ask this it will create the Star Menu entry's for all the users.Now to fix that you should open this path (1)C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs with your account with Administrative privileges,all the shortcuts and folders created on this location will be visible to all the users.At the same time open the Start Menu for you user, to do this open the Start Menu> right click on All Programs and select open It will open a folder with a path similar to this one: (2)C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu open the Programs folderWhat you need to do is copy the shortcuts and folders from path (2) to (1) and they will show when you login using any other account.Hope my instructions are clear to you.

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soz if in wrong place, but i had no idea where to make this topic...

so just found out that theres a hidden account in account manager, that doesnt show in C:/users folder or in LogOn screen, and it wasnt there few weeks ago.

any ideas how it was created? since noone else uses my PC then it was kinda a surprise for me.

EDIT: yeah soz, googled it and found another topic about it in SF and so on... soz but im a NEWBIE in stuff that i dont know how they happen and i like to panic alot since pretty much every week something in my pc stops working...

http://forums.asp.net/p/758994/758994.aspx

A:hidden standard user account

Where did you get your copy of 7

I will know more when you answer.

or

It could have been put there by one of your programs, they sometimes create an account to operate.

or it could be malware

Make and antivirus scan and download and run malwarebytes.

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I planned to try the frequent advice to do as much work as possible in a "Standard user" account, rather than in the "Administrator" account.

I created a new account, "me_Standard". On opening the account, I found that I could not access any of "my" personal files. That seems fair enough. I should probably have guessed that would happen

So, I deleted the new "me_standard" account. I'm now thinking about the possibility of downgrading my "me_Administrator" account to a Standard account.

But is that going to make any difference?

Here is the description of UAC from "Help and Support":

"User Account Control (UAC) is a feature in Windows that can help prevent unauthorized changes to your computer. UAC does this by asking you for permission or an administrator password before performing actions that could potentially affect your computer's operation or that change settings that affect other users."

Currently, as Administrator, I need to click the UAC popups that appear frequently. (I'm not complaining. I know the reason for the UAC.) If I downgrade to a Standard user, I will still need to click the UAC (and probably need to give an Administrator password). Again, I don't mind doing that. But what will I gain in terms of security?

Another frequently-mentioned reason to use a Standard account is that it restricts viruses and malware to the account of the current user.

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A:Admimistrator account or Standard user account?

My best advice is to simply avoid infection and contamination by getting yourself a good Anti-Virus and Firewall. Your common sense should be the first line of defense when it comes to downloading and executing programs on your computer though, Anti-Virus and Firewall protection are to be considered a last line of defense.

I've never heard of using a "Standard" account to improve security coverage, but I can see how it would help. Though I've used administrator accounts forever and never had any problems with viruses or other infections. I personally disabled UAC after a week or two of using it on Vista, it's to obnoxious, intrusive, and completely useless. It's quite a bit better on Windows 7 though, especially since you can set a "drag-bar" to the level of protection you want.

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In Windows 10 Pro is there a way to prevent a user without administrator privileges using a standard account from being able to format a usb drive?

"Perform volume maintenance tasks" is set for Administrators (Group Policy), which must be the default, but that does not stop formatting.

Thank you.

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Hello All, I have set up a standard user account on my Son's laptop, but there are software programs I would like him to have access to, without me having to log on with Administrator ever time.

When he try's to run said program it says Parental Controls has blocked this program the Administrator can grant access. I don't have any programs blocked under Parental Controls. Is there a way to grant access to certain programs without having to log in as administrator every time while using a standard user account?

Thanks

A:Standard User Account Program Access

Have you tries using Parental Controls to allow them to use the program(s)?

Parental Controls - Allow or Block Specific Programs

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hi here is my dilemma... i installed hulu desktop from an administrator account that i created. i am trying to run it from a standard user account.

the application was installed in c:/users/(admin account name)/appdata/local/ i cannot access the folder to run it from the standard user account.

i've already tried allowing access to the standard user account using the security tab but i can't run hulu from a standard user account.

A:Running programs from standard user account

  
Quote: Originally Posted by windows7noob


hi here is my dilemma... i installed hulu desktop from an administrator account that i created. i am trying to run it from a standard user account.

the application was installed in c:/users/(admin account name)/appdata/local/ i cannot access the folder to run it from the standard user account.

i've already tried allowing access to the standard user account using the security tab but i can't run hulu from a standard user account.


run as admin. instructions here Elevated Command Prompt Shortcut

Ken J

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Hello
I have my system all setup the way I like it. All security software etc... setup. I assume it would be a good idea to change the account to standard user for some extra security. So, should I simply create a new admin account then change my current admin over to standard user? Will I encounter any problems using software after the change? If I do have issues can I solve them by switching he account back to admin level? Thanks for your help

A:Can I convert my administrators account to standard user?

Before you change your current admin account over to standard. Just a little tip disable UAC.

Start > Control Panel > User Accounts > Change User Account Control Settings > Set the toggle to the bottom one.

Just incase you've installed programs that still require a security warning.

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Hello, I've discovered a really annoying problem in Vista and it is bugging the [bleep] out of me, I can only get the @ symbol to display while using an administrators account, if I log into a standard user account the @ symbol displays as " , I cannot get the @ symbol to display in anything: web forms, notebook, Open Office, nothing. Can anyone tell me why this crazy situation exists?
 

A:@ symbol will not display under a standard user account

Does a Guest account allow you to go to Control Panel to alter the keyboard to English (UK)?

 

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i have installed game sword vs sword free version from windows store as windows administrator,

i can not access this game from my child account

A:game not accessable from standard user account

when you were going through the install of the game, did it prompt you to install it for yourself or for all users on the PC? .. I don't use the apps so I'm not for sure if it even does this but it was worth suggesting considering other programs do ask this, including games, if you want to install it for yourself or all users.

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Hello, I've discovered a really annoying problem in Vista and it is bugging the [bleep] out of me, I can only get the @ symbol to display while using an administrators account, if I log into a standard user account the @ symbol displays as " , I cannot get the @ symbol to display in anything: web forms, notebook, Open Office, nothing. Can anyone tell me why this crazy situation exists?

A:@ symbol will not display under standard user account

What happens when you try?

Do you get any error messages?

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I can't seem to simply create a second user who has no access to files/programs on the computer by default. From what I read, that's supposed to be the default behavior? When I try it, the new 'Standard user' account can see all programs and files. I haven't previously changed permissions or anything on this PC.

A:Standard User Account - File/pgm access

In the User Account - Create you should be able to use Parental controls to limit programs and file access (although I haven't had to do so myself)

You should be able to create a standard user accounts on your computer and reserve administrator permissions for your user account, you’ll have to type your account’s password whenever a standard user wants to install or access restricted programs.

After that I believe you can right click on any application and set the permissions (or disallow run)

You could also use Group Policy Editor - Quickly View Enabled Policies in Windows

If you have Windows Ultimate you could also use AppLocker - Create New Rules

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Hell Tech guys,
I made a partition on my laptop, Compaq, hp, run with windows 7,
One partition for the kids to play games, I tried to download some software, even Skype unfortunately not willing to accept, I downloaded it on the Admin account, then put in drive D, and tried to install it from there, as well still rejecting to complete the installation process, how to solve this please?

your prompt reply will be highly appreciated,
Kind regards,
 

A:How to download software on other user standard account?

Can you possibly explain a little more clearly? Are you trying to run programs from a standard acct?
 

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I'm running 8.1 on a laptop and a desktop. I have admin accounts setup on both, associated with my primary windows/live/outlook/ whatever-they're-calling-it this week account. I've set up Standard User Accounts on each machine associated with an alias. I can log-in to outlook from either account with the same password, but I can't log-in to either machine using the Standard User Account with that password. Any help getting this setup working would be appreciated. Thanks.

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At my workplaced I've been tasked to setup a new server (Windows 2008 R2) and install and configure all its services. I use Remote Desktop to login using my normal domain account, which has standard user permissions on that server. I also have been provided with another account that has administrator access there, which I use to satisfy UAC prompts. So far, so good.

Now my small problem. At some point the multiple installers I ran request a reboot. But the typical start menu or the "close Windows" dialog, as I was running as standard user, neither show the "reboot" or "shutdown" options, which I need. This seems logical as I don't have permission (2008 by default only gives admins shutdown permissions, contrary to 7 that gives all users that access).

My (lame) workaround was to open an elevated command prompt (hence gaining the required permission) and issue a shutdown command. That worked and the server rebooted as it should, but I would like a more serious option to do it, specifically that the normal shut down dialog to display the missing options, asking for elevation when needed.
Any ideas?
Thanks!

A:Reboot a server from a standard user account

It's actually a restriction of Remote Desktop, not Administrator vs non-Administrator. I don't know of any work around other than using the shutdown command as you did.

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I have a Vista Home Premium SP2 32-bit machine. I use IE 8 in my admin account and have had no problems with browsing websites. When I switch to my standard user account and use IE 8, some sites just don't render correctly (see attached screenshots). I've tried almost every suggestion I've come across in researching this issue, to no avail, including uninstalling IE 8 and using IE 7, reinstalling IE 8, compatibility view, add-ons disabled, mtu router tweaks, disabling anti-virus. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.

Sites in the screenshots are www.apple.com, www.facebook.com, and www.veoh.com.

BTW, I use Firefox mostly but need IE working for testing purposes as I'm a developer. Thanks.

A:IE 8 some sites don't render correctly in standard user account

pixeltuna

Are there any IE addons used? what abt AV? Im feeling like its a config problem since admin doesn't have it and std user does. just the one std user has it? you could create a temp user and see if they have it. If so it might be some kind of permissions problem. Let us know

Ken

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Okay so i dont have access to any administrator accounts due to the fact that our admin forgot his password and the rest of us are standard users. So can we enable it as a standard user to use the admin account in safe mode?
 

A:Can you enable the built in adminstator account as a standard user?

To run the command net user Administrator active:yes in Command Prompt, you must first type net user Administrator followed by the name of an Administrative account and the password. Try it with one of your accounts but I can't see it working. To bring up the Command Prompt, use the Windows key and R together.

If that won't work, you'll need to reinstall Windows 7.

 

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So I'm logged in as a standard user and at start up I have to type in 15 admin passwords just to get the things running on the computer. Especially Asus AI Suite II. But I was just wondering is there a way to get that program to stop asking for all the passwords? I do use it ALOT and the program has saved my behind a couple times when I overclocked to high one time. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

A:Standard User account and the barage of Admin passwords

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoib


We have liftoff!!!

I uninstalled everything. Logged in as the standard user. Hit the install package. It begged me for the admin - I responded. Install completed successfully. I went to the shortcut and took ownership of the referenced folder after providing again, the admin password. In the prop panel, the ownership was listed as "\\....Administrator" - and I reassigned ownership to the standard user, HA017. I closed out and rebooted.

Bingo! Standard user now has direct privs into the application - no admin password prompt.

BTW, before I got to this point of uninstall and reinstall, I did try the AppLocker secpol snap in as you suggested. When I called in the default "Path" item, It already populated HA017 as having "Allow" rights along with the Administrators Group and Administrators. With the standard user, this still failed. I went and added the "Everyone" object to "Allow" and tried the standard user. Did not work again.

So, happily, we're back in business and we didn't have to sacrifice security for functionality.

H




Would the above really work???

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I've deleted the only Local Administrator account, and only have a standard user therefore I do not have rights to anything. How can I assign myself Administrator rights?

A:[CLOSED] - I Deleted my 'Admin' account and only have a 'Standard' User!?!

[SOLVED] - I used a software to unlock 'Administrator' I then used the software to reset the password and was able to login as 'Administrator' and give myself rights. Thanks to all who responded.

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