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Windows 7: Admin settings should I remove this for security?


02 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 
Admin settings should I remove this for security?

Apprently "90 percent of the most serious vulnerabilities were nullified by removing Administrator privileges."

Do people recommend this and what will I lose if I do uninstall admin settings?

Thanks!

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02 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

honestly? if your a home user there is no point... you have to install programs as an administrator anyway, and the default administrator account which was created when you installed windows (or bought it and switched it on) runs as a standard user unless admin rights are needed anyway, thats the point of User Account Control,

basically you will not be any more secure, you'll just have the aggro of having to remember to "run as admin" every time you want to install something, among other things

on the other hand, not giving everyone who uses your pc admin rights is a very good idea, i personally work on the theory that if anyone really needs to use admin that badly they can ask me to input my password, at least i have control over what goes onto my PC (try having a girlfriend who thinks malware is a wardrobe malfunction... im actually not kidding)
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02 Apr 2010   #3

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lister View Post
Apprently "90 percent of the most serious vulnerabilities were nullified by removing Administrator privileges."

Do people recommend this and what will I lose if I do uninstall admin settings?

Thanks!
Your question is a bit unclear.

If you are referring to windows, you can't "uninstall" admin privileges.

What you can do is create a user account with diminished privileges.

You could use that account for every day work, and the admin account in case you want to un/install something or change system settings.

What ever you do, do NOT delete the admin account, because you wouldn't be able to change anything anymore.

Greetings
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02 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lister View Post
Apprently "90 percent of the most serious vulnerabilities were nullified by removing Administrator privileges."

Do people recommend this and what will I lose if I do uninstall admin settings?

Thanks!
A stated above. DO NOT remove the Administrator account. You should set yourself up a standard account and leave the default settings (eg: leave UAC on default or higher)
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02 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
A stated above. DO NOT remove the Administrator account. You should set yourself up a standard account and leave the default settings (eg: leave UAC on default or higher)
tw33k's advice bears repeating!

It is a simple step to configure Windows 7 for a standard user account and will help protect your account should your computer become infected. Step-by-step instructions are available in Microsoft MVP Steve Friedl's article Configuring Windows 7 for a Limited User Account.
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03 Apr 2010   #6

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Nice related News thread by JMH here.
Windows 7 Less Vulnerable Without Admin Rights.
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