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Windows 7: Blocking myself from doing admin actions


01 Jul 2012   #1

Win7 x64, Win8 x64
 
 
Blocking myself from doing admin actions

I'd like to block myself from being able to do anything as administrator in Windows 7. When I try to do something which requires admin access, it'll just ask me for the password, which I know since it's my computer. I'd like to be forced to log out and into the admin account to do anything sensitive.

I'm doing this to boost my productivity. I'm going to modify my hosts file to block sites like Twitter and Google+ so that I'm not constantly checking up on the world when I should be working. But I don't yet have the self-discipline to do it without force. I'd also like to disable the "switch user" feature so that it's not so easy to unblock my sites.

Thanks!

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01 Jul 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello sbarnett, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That's simple to do. You can create yourself a new "Standard" user account, and log on to it to use instead. In this standard account, you will not be able to do anything that requires elevation or that affects the system without having to enter the administrator's password in the UAC prompt first.
User Account - Create
The tutorial below can help show you how to disable "Switch User".
Fast User Switching - Vista Forums
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Jul 2012   #3
AC

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello sbarnett, and welcome to Seven Forums.

That's simple to do. You can create yourself a new "Standard" user account, and log on to it to use instead. In this standard account, you will not be able to do anything that requires elevation or that affects the system without having to enter the administrator's password in the UAC prompt first.
User Account - Create
The tutorial below can help show you how to disable "Switch User".
Fast User Switching - Vista Forums
Hope this helps,
Shawn
I think he said blocking the enter the password, which he knows since it's his computer.
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01 Jul 2012   #4

Win7 x64, Win8 x64
 
 

Yeah, Ubunturules is right (both in name and post).
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01 Jul 2012   #5
AC

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sbarnett View Post
Yeah, Ubunturules is right (both in name and post).
Someone agrees with me about the Ubuntu thing But I don't know of anything you could do to block the password thing. Ask someone you know to make up a random password and don't let them tell you?
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01 Jul 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ah, Doh.

In that case, do what I posted above, but in addition set the UAC notification settings to be disabled (bottom level) using the tutorial below. This way you will not be prompted by UAC to enter the administrator's password while logged in to the standard user account. Instead, you would just get a access denied message.

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings


However, since you are the administrator and owner of the computer, it's basically just going to come down to your own discipline.
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01 Jul 2012   #7

Win7 x64, Win8 x64
 
 

Yeah, but if I want to get into Twitter and have to close/save all my programs, login as admin, and modify my hosts file, it won't be worth my time and I'll just stick to my projects.

Thanks for your help, everyone!
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