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Windows 7: Why is the Administrator account disabled by default?

24 Sep 2009   #1
bjp106

Windows 7
 
 
Why is the Administrator account disabled by default?

What is the point in disabling the Administrator account by default?


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24 Sep 2009   #2
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bjp106 View Post
What is the point in disabling the Administrator account by default?
Security and more Security...If you enable the full Admin account and a virus gets control of your system than be prepared to waive the white flag...
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24 Sep 2009   #3
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Having the Admin account disabled allows a layer of safety. It is for your own good to leave that admin account disabled...
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24 Sep 2009   #4
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

It is also for protection against yourself. If you are full admin, and make a bad install, or delete something you should not, your screwed. That is why as well.

~Lordbob
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24 Sep 2009   #5
toughbook

 
 

Oh hell I better make some changes
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24 Sep 2009   #6
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by toughbook View Post
Oh hell I better make some changes
Yeah, you don't want to use that as your default. Even a regular admin is better.

Limited would be best, but most people don't do that.

~Lordbob
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24 Sep 2009   #7
bjp106

Windows 7
 
 

Ok, so now on my Win7 box.

I have 2 accounts:

Administrator (which I dont use and is enabled
And My account, which is also an administrator

I definitely see where you are coming from now. Why have 2 administrator accounts, right? But I just can't see my self switching to a Limited Account. But definitely disable the Administrator account.
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24 Sep 2009   #8
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bjp106 View Post
Ok, so now on my Win7 box.

I have 2 accounts:

Administrator (which I dont use and is enabled
And My account, which is also an administrator

I definitely see where you are coming from now. Why have 2 administrator accounts, right? But I just can't see my self switching to a Limited Account. But definitely disable the Administrator account.
There is basically 4 levels to accounts

Admin
Admin (User Based)
Limited (User Based)
Guest

Most people are fine with the second level. The first level is really for the System itself.
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24 Sep 2009   #9
bjp106

Windows 7
 
 

Ok thanks,

so then why NEED the full administrator account then?
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24 Sep 2009   #10
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bjp106 View Post
Ok thanks,

so then why NEED the full administrator account then?
For certain higher level activities that most people would never even need to think about.

~Lordbob
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