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Windows 7: new computer & user accounts

07 Jan 2010   #1
skostro

windows 7
 
 
new computer & user accounts

Purchased new computer running windows 7. Have not yet booted it up for the first time
I'm confused on setting up the user accounts during the first go thru.
Question:
When I get to the user account set-up portion, what user accounts should I be setting up?
The built in administrator account has me confused.
There will be just 2 of us (mom & dad), that will be using the computer regularly.
Should I be creating an account named 'owner', (with full rights)?
And than maybe mom & dad with partial rights?
Help!


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07 Jan 2010   #2
FooFoo

windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I think you will only be setting up the adminstrator account. I'm not quite sure.
It's fairly easy to set up new accounts later on with only partial rights.
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07 Jan 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

There is a built in hidden Administrator account

Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account on Windows 7 or Vista - the How-To Geek

You need to set up an adminstrator account, as many as you like. And standard user accounts as many as you like, later on. Based upon what you said, you would want one administrator account for yourself and one or two for mom and dad (they can be standard users)

The only difference in the accounts is that the Administrator can make changes that affect the entire system. The standard users cannot. They can make changes that affect only their account.

When you install, set up the administrator account. Once you are familiar with the system you can set up the other accounts. Its really easy. If you have problems, remember we are always here for you.
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07 Jan 2010   #4
skostro

windows 7
 
 

FooFoo, that confuses me even more. If there's already a 'built in' adminstrator, why would I set up another?
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07 Jan 2010   #5
skostro

windows 7
 
 

Rich, thank you. Would/could it get confusing if I named one of my user accounts 'adminstrator'? And the other two mom & dad.
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07 Jan 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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That would normally not be a problem, except in cases when you might want to use the secret administrator account (it has power that the regular adminstrator account does not have) There may be confusion if two accounts are called adminstrator.Now that I think about it, probably not even allowed.

Just personal pereference, I think its nicer to name each one with something that means something to you. For example in my case, my account is richc46, just like my ID here. It has meaning for me.

Bottom line I would not call it adm. If you do not want to forget which is adm, Call it john(your name)adm.

Remember after you are set up, you are not alone. The entire membership of 7 forum is here for you.
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07 Jan 2010   #7
skostro

windows 7
 
 

thank you, I think I get your drift about the adm thingy.
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07 Jan 2010   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Glad to help you. You will always be welcome, if you have futher questions.
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09 Jan 2010   #9
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
That would normally not be a problem, except in cases when you might want to use the secret administrator account (it has power that the regular adminstrator account does not have)
Could you explain the extra power the secret account has. Inquiring minds want to know.

Thanks,
Jim
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09 Jan 2010   #10
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Hi Jim,

Its the First Account in Windows 7 which create after the OS install and by default it would be disable or hidden

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable


This tutorial will help you to enable this account which would pretty much give enough Administrator rights

Hope this helps,
Captain
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