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Windows 7: Administrator and User accounts question

19 Mar 2013   #1
herbc

win 7 64 Home edition
 
 
Administrator and User accounts question

I noticed that when i log into my Administrator account it has different settings and programs and when i go back to my user account it's different as well, is this normal ?

I thought everything was the same regarding programs installed etc.. but when you wanted to make changes you had to use the admin password but i'm not sure.

Thanks for any help


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19 Mar 2013   #2
Kaktussoft

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Is it the same account, so you only revoke admin rights?
Or two totally different users?
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19 Mar 2013   #3
herbc

win 7 64 Home edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Is it the same account, so you only revoke admin rights?
Or two totally different users?


It's just me but i have two separate user names. I probably screwed up somehow.
One account i have a simple password that gives me access quickly but when i want to change anything important i need to type in a Admin password.

The main Admin account i need to use the Admin password to log in but once in i'm it's functionality is the same . I still need to use the Admin password to make changes.
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19 Mar 2013   #4
nilank

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by herbc View Post
I noticed that when i log into my Administrator account it has different settings and programs and when i go back to my user account it's different as well, is this normal ?

I thought everything was the same regarding programs installed etc.. but when you wanted to make changes you had to use the admin password but i'm not sure.

Thanks for any help
Yes that's pretty normal. Every user account in Windows can be configured differently except programs are common for all (except user specific apps like Google Chrome, which you need to install separately on every user account).

Hope this helps.
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20 Mar 2013   #5
herbc

win 7 64 Home edition
 
 

How would i delete a guest account that i made by mistake, the only option i see is off/on? I have win 7 64 bit
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20 Mar 2013   #6
nilank

 

You did not made the guest account. It's there by default. And it can't be deleted the normal way.

If you really want to delete it, then right click on Computer->Manage

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Expand "Local users and groups" -> "Users"

Right click "Guest" -> Delete

Done.

Hope that helps.


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20 Mar 2013   #7
gregrocker

 

Do not delete the Guest account. You might have guests. Just turn it off.

To avoid chronic confusion I would delete the Standard account and operate under the Admin one. Have User Accounts save your Standard account's files to desktop so you can distribute them via Explorer.
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20 Mar 2013   #8
herbc

win 7 64 Home edition
 
 

I heard using the Administrator account was not a smart thing to do and that you should just use a user account to prevent malware .

I am always the ONLY user, never will i have anybody use this computer, i don't even know anybody and live by myself. Whats the best way to go .

Thanks
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20 Mar 2013   #9
gregrocker

 

You'll still get prompted with User Account Controls to keep anything from running without your approval, but using a Standard account you have to put in the Admin password to get past it which is a real PITA and unnecessary since UAC provides enough warning itself.

Many don't like those UAC warnings and turn them down/off anyway so I'm wary of suggesting making it even more onerous.

Others may disagree and I hope will post their brief, but my own opinion is that it's overkill.
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20 Mar 2013   #10
herbc

win 7 64 Home edition
 
 

So i'm gathering i could use the Admin account and it won't be anymore prone for allowing Malware to take control of my computer if i did get something bad.
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