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Windows 7: Converting admin acc. to standard acc. & backing up user profile

22 Dec 2010   #1
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 
Converting admin acc. to standard acc. & backing up user profile

Hello,
Guys, I've been using an admin account till now for my customization needs and registry tweaks as i got annoyed by frequent pop-ups and permission thingy. Well, now it's all set to my needs.
Now, i'm thinking to convert my admin account into standard one.
Well, i know i can always create another admin account, log in to that account and convert my account into standard account.
I just wanted to know is there any chances of getting something like my profile getting messed up and losing my all hard work made to customize it to my needs.
Is their any other way of doing it? Or this method is itself the safest way? Also, how do i backup my user profile and it's settings aka configuration to restore if something goes wrong?
Sorry for so many noobvious questions as I've had never felt in need of it before.


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22 Dec 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Ezio,

You will have to have at least one administrator account created on your computer at all times. If you did not want to use it for everyday use anymore, then it would be best to password protect it (if not already) and use the standard account instead. If you did not have an administrator account, then you would not be able to install programs or be able to make any changes that affect the system and other users.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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22 Dec 2010   #3
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

That's fine, Shawn. Actually, i wanted to convert my existing admin account into a standard one. To do this, i'm thinking to create another admin account, log in to that newly created account, and then convert my another account into standard account. Will that be fine?
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22 Dec 2010   #4
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
To do this, i'm thinking to create another admin account, log in to that newly created account, and then convert my another account into standard account. Will that be fine?
That's exactly how I did it and it worked flawlessly.
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22 Dec 2010   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Glad to hear it.
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22 Dec 2010   #6
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
That's fine, Shawn. Actually, i wanted to convert my existing admin account into a standard one. To do this, i'm thinking to create another admin account, log in to that newly created account, and then convert my another account into standard account. Will that be fine?
+1 on creating the new admin 1st, then converting your existing to standard from that new admin account. Too many people find out the hard way that they need at least one admin account on the system.

James
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22 Dec 2010   #7
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Thanks Guys. Gonna do it right now.
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