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Windows 7: Single User Question

27 Sep 2009   #1

64-bit Win7, 32-bit Win7, 32-bit Win7
Single User Question

I currently use Vista, and have Win7 on pre-order.

My question is: can I set up Win7 as a single-user system, and not have to mess with the user access controls? I have a single user defined on my Vaio now, but I still have to deal with the multiple levels of user controls/etc. I just want the desktop/directories to show up like they used to, before I had to traverse down through the user level. For example, could I just be the administrator in Win7 and not define any other users? If I can do that, do I have to do a clean install (since I do have a single user defined now)?


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27 Sep 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Jerry, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I think you may have misunderstood what UAC is. Read the links in the green information box in the tutorial below for a more detailed explanation of what UAC is and what is does if you like. The tutorial below will also show you how to turn UAC off.

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

You might also look into the built-in Adminsitrator account to see if you may be interested in using it for what you want. I would recommend to stick with your current default administrator account though for better security.

Hope this helps,
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27 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

You could do all of this with Vista as well. I don't recall ever having the troubles you've had, and 9 out of 10 Vista systems I've set up are single user systems.

Either way, I would always recommend doing a clean install with a new OS, for several reasons.
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