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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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My Son And I Share A Laptop Running Windows 7 Home Edition , Am The Administrator And He Is The Standard User But He Keeps Going In And Changing My Account To Standard User And His To Administrator , Can Someone Tell Me How He Is Doing It And How Can I Put A Stop To It

A:How can a standard user gain access to an administrator account?

My first guess would be that he knows your password, or have managed to install a keylogger program to find out what password you type. Check in Control Panel - Programs and Features if you see any newly installed program you don't recognize. And change your password. And do a full scan with your antivirus.

Some keyloggers won't show up in the list of installed programs so take a look here as well:
How to detect if a Keylogger is installed? - Microsoft Community

Some laptops have a finger scanner and come with software you can configure to use your finger instead of typing a password. Mine has this and I've set a long and difficult password so even if someone saw me typing it they wouldn't remember it. But with this feature I type this in only ONCE in the finger scanning software, and then I only use my finger. Works very well.

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I recently logged onto my account about 2 days ago to finish a project. The music file I used for the account was could not be found and when I went to locate it I was told I didn't have administrator rights. I went to Control Panel because I was sure I was an Administrator, but sure enough, I was set as a Standard User. I tried changing it up but it wouldn't change. I tried changing the account name also, and it wouldn't change. I could only change account picture. I can't open UAC, I click it and it blinks but nothing opens.

I went online and tried these suggestions:

I deleted any recent program installations,
I booted in safe mode, however I was still not able to change my account,
I tried activating the hidden administrator account but I received an "access denied" message,
I tried creating a new account but I received the following message:

"The specified account name is not valid, because account names contain the following characters: /\[]":;|<>=+,?*

Please type a different name."

I didn't use any of those characters in the account name.
I ran 2 different virus scans, and they came up with nothing,
I turned the computer off, unplugged everything, and pressed the power button for 30 seconds, and rebooted, but still nothing!

My roommate shares this computer with me, and her account is still an administrator. However she has traveled and I haven't been able to get hold of her yet. We share music files and the file I ... Read more

A:I can't change a standard account to an Administrator Account!!!

You are going have to wait for your roommate...
Anything we could do would be consider hacking and that is against forum rules.

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Hi, I've been caught at school playing games on my computer .. so they took it from me, they deleted all of the games, and they changed my user account into a standard account! Do they even have the RIGHT to do this? Anyways, I want to change my standard account into an administrator account There's another account on my laptop called "Iconnect". This is an administrator account, and it's password protected. Can I get into this account and change my account to administrator? Please help me as I'm on spring break and I wont go to school for another 2 weeks !
 

A:How can I change my standard account into an administrator account?

No one can help you here about this problem I'm afraid.......
 

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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 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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Suddenly, the Windows 7 doesn't allow me to access my Admin Account and showing error msg (The User Profile Service service failed to Logon). I am left with only the Guest Account with limited access.
I tried copying the cmd.exe, using Fix It Program, login through Safe Mode but all didn't work.
Would anyone help pls?
HMK

A:The User Profile (Administrator Account) Service failed to logon and then left with only Guest Account in Windows 7

Hi,

Occasionally, Windows might not read your user profile correctly, such as if your antivirus software is scanning your computer while you try to log on.
Please try restarting your computer and logging on with your user account again.

If the issue still persists, please restart in safe mode to log on with the built-in administrator account:
1. Restart your computer and hit F8 multiples times until you see a menu-like screen, if you see the Windows splash screen then repeat this step
2. Highlight and hit enter on Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Try logging in there.
3. If you are able to login, once a command prompt pops up, type: net user administrator password /active:yes (you can specify whatever password you want for the administrator
account.)
4. If you get a message saying "The command completed successfully", then restart your computer by typing: shutdown -r
5. Boot up again pressing F8, but this time choose just Safe Mode.
6. You will be able to login as Administrator with the password you set in Step 3.

Then try the following methods:
Method 1: Fix these user account profile on these computer

Method 2: Log on to Windows and copy your data to a new account
Method 3: Delete the error SID and create a new profile
For the detailed information, please refer to this article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215Karen Hu
TechNet Community Support

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I was having some trouble with a newly installed program failing to run. Their tech support had me create a new user account (start, control panel, user accounts, create new account). I did not realize that creating a new administrator user account by following their instructions would make the original Administrator user account inaccessible. I dug through folders and found my documents and made sure they were all on my expansion drive. Now, I want my account back. Otherwise, I have to set up my entire computer again. The thought of this makes me turn into a velociraptor who wants to destroy the tech support that told me to do this.

As of right now, I have not internet connection on my computer. I tried searching forums from my phone, but it was extremely difficult (not the best phone). If this topic already exists and I just could not find it, please accept my apologies for the duplicate and post a link. Thanks!

A:Created new user account, original Administrator account disappeared

I just remembered that I could CTL ALT DELETE twice at the Welcome screen to get to the logon and type in Administrator. I haven't used it in years, so it did not occur to me. I am now in my administrator user account. If I delete the new user account, will it go back to the way it was before? Or will I screw something else up by doing that?

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I have two accounts on my XP laptop. I have the Administrator account and a regular
User account. I had to do some administrative work with my User account so I logged
in as the Administrator, changed my User account to an Administrator account, went
and did my work.

I then logged back in as Administrator and tried to change my User account back to
a normal user account, but it wouldn't let me telling me that I have to have at least
1 Administrator account for me to be able to do this. I'm not sure why it's telling
me that because I still have my Administrator account.

I logged in as Administrator, then went into Control Panel, and then User Accounts.
Then I clicked on "Change An Account". Then I clicked on "User1". Then I clicked
on "Change My Account Type". But then on this page, the "Limited" radio button is
grayed out and I cannot change it, and above it, it says, "You must assign another
user on this computer with a computer administrator account before you can change
this user's account type. This ensures that there is always at least one user with
a computer administrator account on this computer."

Don't know why I'm getting this seeing as how I'm logged in as Administrator.

A:Problems Changing Administrator Account To Normal User Account?

Nevermind. I figured out how to fix it. Instead of going through Control Panel->User Accounts, I go to Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management, and I'm able to make the change through there. Not sure why one method works and the other doesn't, but it does!

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HELP!!! I've accidentally had Control Alt Delete on my Logon Screen. And from my laptop, I couldn't type it in with my keyboard, so I have to use Ease of Access and use the On-screen Keyboard. From there, it had a "Other User" Account which asks for a username and password, which I don't have because THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I've encountered an "Other User" Account.

I don't know how to retrieve my administrator account. I've been guessing several usernames and passwords for the "Other User" account (even my admin. username and password) but no luck.

PLEASE HELP!! IM REALLY DESPERATE.

Here's what my logon screen currently looks like:

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A:How do I disable Other User Account in Vista and retrieve Administrator account?

Hello, wow , i have never seen this before, here is an idea, couldn't hurt to try it : force a shutdown by pressing the power button, it will then shut down, Then restart it, it should go to the F8 screen automatically, see if you can enter into the restore or repair functions or last known working configuration. Just a thought. Post back results please.

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I have a local user account that comes up as the default user when Windows10 boots up that I would like to remove.

I have tried the usual user modification menus but this account does not show up. It is annoying to have to go through this false log in every time I start the computer.

Help?

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My Windows7 suddenly displayed a default desktop. I then did an unsuccessful system restore, tried the undo and got stuck.

From there on, when I want to log in I end up at the error message "The user profile service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded".

I tried to activate the administrator account by using "net user administrator /active:yes". The command executes, but administrator never shows up on the login screen.

I cannot start Windows 7 in safe mode. A few seconds after the safe mode login screen appears the computer restarts automatically. No administrator account is listed here either.

I tried kb/947215, but only S-1-5-18, 19 and 20 show up (regedit from the command prompt, since I cannot log into Windows 7 in any mode.

The startup repair doesn't find a fault. What now? I want to avoid a clean install, if at all possible...

A:User account corrupted, administrator account not accessible

You could try a Repair Install: Repair Install

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hello ever one,
i am mahesh,
accidentally i disabled administrator account in local users and groups-users-properties of administrator account-put tick in ACCOUNT DISABLED.I have on guest account.now i am accessing that one.but i can't able to login in ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT.any body help me how to enable administrator account from guest account by command mode or registry.I know administrator account password.

If any body known plz give me best suggestion.

Thank u.
T.S MAHESWARA REDDY

A:how to enabel administrator account in user account

Hi Mahesh,

Which version of XP, home edition, professional or media centre? I think the procedure depends on this.

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I am trying to get Java to work on a Standard User Account in Vista - without success. I have tried uninstalling/reinstalling in the standard account but still cannot access Friv.com for my nephew. It all works fine in the admin account. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Solved: Java doesn't work on a standard user account?

Hi There
Friv.com uses Flash. You need to reinstall this if you added new user accounts. ( Install Flash )
 

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Hi, Im a bit of a novice so please bear with me... on a friends laptop, he is using windows XP, there was only one account (with a password that i know), which was called administrator. I borrowed it and created a second account in my name to keep my work seperate. however, when i had finished and wanted to giveit back, i couldnt restore the laptop to just the admin user account and delete my own. All his documents and files etc are in the administrator account, which i can only get to via safe mode.

is there anyway of deleting the admin account under my name, and having the administrator account restored as the default setting? I dont have the xp cd that he originally used as well.
silly mistake on my part!
 

A:Solved: help to restore administrator account as default

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Why ought somebody who has a PC and put's Windows on it, create a standard account and use it for their everyday computing, instead of just using the Administrator's account they created when they installed Windows?
The following page from microsoft.com,
Change a user&#39;s account type - Microsoft Windows Help
entitled "Change a user's account type, says:
When you set up Windows, you were 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'd like to use. Once you finish setting up your computer, we recommend that you create a standard account and use it for your everyday computing.

A:Why Use a Standard Account Instead of Administrator?

An admin account runs with higher permission levels than a Standard one. If the account in use is Admin level it's easier for malware to infect the PC.

Having said that, I use only one, Admin, account on my machines.

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the "run as administrator" option? If you're the administrator, aren't all programs "run as administrator" by default?

The reason I ask is that I'm trying to delete something via Spybot, and a message appeared on the screen saying I need to run the program as an adminstrator in order to perform the deletion.

A:If my user account is the administrator account, why the need for...

By default, an administrator account behaves in exactly the same way and with the same privileges as a standard account. Some programs, however, need to be run at a higher privilege level, even when run from an administrator account. In these cases, you need to right-click and select Run as administrator. Depending on the account you are currently using, you will be asked to provide administrative credentials (from a standard account) or confirm that you want to elevate (from within an administrative account).

This is part of the improved security in Windows 7, and is designed to make it harder for malware to get on your system. Of course, it isn't infallible, so you must always keep alert.

This is controlled by means of tokens, and a standard account has just one whereas an administrator account has two, a standard token and an administrative token. In normal use, both types of account use the token with standard privileges. When you right-click and select Run as administrator (see above), you are instructing the program (and that program only) to use the administrator token and to run with full administrative privileges.

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Hi everyone! I accidentally changed my administrator account to a standard one. Now, I can hardly change a thing on my pc for it requires me to insert a smart card. Its hard for me to purchase one for I don't know where to buy it here in the Philippines.I badly need your help, please. Thank you.

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 I am using an hp pavillion dv6 notebook pc with windows 7 home premium

A:How do I change my account from administrator to standard?

Go to Control Panel (icon view) and select User Accounts, if the user account that you want to change is not showing, click "manage another account" and select the account you wish to change. Once you have the account showing, click "change your account type" tick the Standard radio button and click "change account type"

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Hi,

I'm currently using Windows 8.0. Would like to check if it is possible to allow a particular software to be run as Administrator, even when I am using a "standard account", without the need to enter the administrator password everytime I open it? Essentially like making an exception to allow the software to make changes to system while in a standard account.

Reason being, I am using a Standard account, but do not know the administrator password. But there is this particular program that I am required to use, but everytime I open it will prompt if I would like to Run as Admin. And if I click No to that, some functions will not be workable in the program.

Please advise, thanks!

A:Administrator rights for software in Standard account

Hello whoknew, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could use the method below to create an elevated shortcut to allow a standard user to run a program as administrator.

Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I would like to delete two user accounts from my XP Pro machine, but if I use the Ctrl>Alt>del process I need a password for the administrator.
I used to use the Admin account only, and don't remember ever having a password for it . How do I find out what it is?

Thanks in advance.

A:[SOLVED] Administrator unable to delete user account folders

Command Prompt -> Type net user Administrator * -> Change the Password.

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Sometimes when my mom logs on her computer, it brings up the old desktop, without the default icons and the default screen saver "Dell" engraved into stone. It still says her name as the user account, but everything is different. I was wondering why this might be, when we restart it there is no problem, but I am just curious if anyone could answer why and how to prevent it from happening.

Thanks!
 

A:Solved: User Account Occasionally Starts Up As Default

could it be a glitch with hibernate or standby?
When completely turned off, everything clears and starts normal?
Do you have Malware and Virus protection?
 

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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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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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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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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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Hello,

Much like the title, I wanted to know if it's possible to convert the Built-in Administrator account into a standard user account with out copying over/losing data. I want to stop using the Built-in Administrator as it poses a security threat but I already have all my files/programs moved in.

Initially, I tried to rename the account to a different name, then created a secondary normal local admin account and went into the Group Policy Editor to remove the Built-in Administrator from the Administrator circle, but receive an error as expected. Something to the effect of, " Unable to remove Administrator from Built-in Administrators group". According to this page you can disable the account but not remove it, but won't that lose/hide all my data as well on that account? Is there any way around this without backing up/coping everything?

Thanks in advance

A:Convert Builtin Administrator account to standard without losing data?

You can't change any of the built in accounts to another type. You can freely disable the account without losing any of the profiles contents.

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I'm helping two friends (Bob & Jane) who want separate accounts on their new computer.

They hired someone to help them, who wound up setting up Jane's account on the default Admin account.

When I saw this, I set up a new Admin account (named "Bob") and changed Jane's account to Standard.

Fast-forward to present...

Now in Windows Explorer I'm seeing two accounts: "PC" and "Jane"

However, these labels are mixed up. The account labeled "Jane" in Windows Explorer is actually Bob's Admin account (has his specific files, desktop shortcuts, etc), and the account labeled "PC" is actually Jane's Standard account.

After making the initial account changes, the accounts were logged off of, and the computer restarted to make the changes effective. That the change is not being reflected in Windows Explorer is concerning, and I'm also wondering if there could be additional residual effects after making the changes I've described.

Any help is much appreciated

A:Changed Default Admin Account to Standard - Now Having Issues

Anyone? Was changing the default admin acct to standard a bad idea?

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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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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.

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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 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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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 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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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