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Windows 7: What kind of account to use every day?

04 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
What kind of account to use every day?

Hello all,

I would like to know what kind of account you should use for everyday tasks like browsing the Internet and using Windows 7.

Can we just use the account with administrative rights and permissions that is created during the install of windows 7?

Or should we manually create a user account, specific for daily use, with less rights and permissions.

Regarding to my question, what is the best practice?
And how to implement the best practice?

Best regards,

zx81


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04 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
 
 

Have a admin account for admin use's eg, installing programs and make a user account for everyday use.
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04 Nov 2009   #3

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

I just have one admin account which I use for everything.
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04 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crispy View Post
Have a admin account for admin user's eg, installing programs and make a user account for everyday use.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
I just have one admin account which I use for everything.
Thank you Crispy and Dinesh!

Now I have two different answers, I would like to have more information about, how those different answers work, related to security and user experience.

Best regards, and thanks in advance for helping/teaching me.

zx81
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04 Nov 2009   #5

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Unless you have a specific need for administrative rights, I would suggest using a standard user account..
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04 Nov 2009   #6

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

hi !

you should run your PC with a USER-account, and also have UAC (UserAccountControl) activated, set it to max.

only run as ADMIN when you really have to, fx when installing new software or doing system maintenance.
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04 Nov 2009   #7

7 Ultimate, Debian Squeeze, #! Statler
 
 

I have an admin account and a user account, with no password, that I/my girlfriend/my friends can use.

This way, when my friends come over and use my laptop, they can do whatever they need to do with effing things up
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04 Nov 2009   #8

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

To answer the OP.

A user account for every day use is safer, but it can become annoying when you just want to install something and have to switch to another account.

I have yet to come across the first Windows poweruser that practices what he preaches,
and uses a user account on his home machine.

We all * use admin accounts.

Greetings,

* all is used as a manner of speaking.
If you are that one poweruser that does use a user account, please accept my humble apologies.
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04 Nov 2009   #9

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

[QUOTE=SquonkSC;355735]
I have yet to come across the first Windows poweruser that practices what he preaches,
and uses a user account on his home machine.

So true.
I use an admin account for my own use. And User accounts for family and employees. That way I have better control of whats installed on the systems behind my back.

Ken
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04 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SquonkSC View Post
I have yet to come across the first Windows poweruser that practices what he preaches, and uses a user account on his home machine.
Hello, nice to meet you SquonkSC! In fact I can't remember the last time I logged on to my home machine as admin. I always just use "run as" when I need to do something that requires admin rights.
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