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Windows 7: What did I do wrong?

23 Sep 2010   #1
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
What did I do wrong?

Hello,
Since being on this forum I've learned a lot. So one thing I did was create a non-administrative account to run from. I installed in the user account. I copied the setting from the administrator on the TBird setup. It recently updated to 3.14 and the admin account is fine. The user account still says load update to 3.14 even though I allowed it to do so in the user account twice. What did I do or miss? Thanks for any help.
glennc


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23 Sep 2010   #2
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

What have you created the non-administrative account for if you don't mind me asking?

In most cases, home users would have their account set as an administrator otherwise you will hit brick walls when trying to install/update software or access areas of the c:\ drive.

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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23 Sep 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JDobbsy1987 View Post
What have you created the non-administrative account for if you don't mind me asking?

In most cases, home users would have their account set as an administrator otherwise you will hit brick walls when trying to install/update software or access areas of the c:\ drive.

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
I may have been the one to give the advice about the second account. It is for protection. In a standard account if you encounter a virus or malware the only changes that can be made are glimited by the ability of the account. You will find that after a short period of time the adminstrator account is not necessary for every day computing. I cant remember the last time I had to resort to my Adminstrtor account.
The use of this method is employed by many seasoned members of the forum and is, actually, where I learned about it. Some may disagree, but better safe then sorry.
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23 Sep 2010   #4
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
I may have been the one to give the advice about the second account. It is for protection. In a standard account if you encounter a virus or malware the only chantes that can be made are limited by the ability of the account. You will find that after a short period of time the adminstrator account is not necessary for every day computing. I cant remember the last time I had to resort to my Adminstrtor account.
The use of this method is employed by many seasoned members of the forum and is, actually, where I learned about it. Some may disagree, but better safe then sorry.
Ah Ok...

Fair enough richc46 :)

I have always used an account with administrative rights (i am always messing round with things that a standard account doesnt like )

And although i do stick with the administrator rights account i also agree with "better safe than sorry" moto.
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23 Sep 2010   #5
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Good post, Rich, and right on target. I tried to rep you but - you know the drill. :)
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23 Sep 2010   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I would personally delete the new account and run the way Win7 intends most owners to run when they set up their new install.

Creating a new account without Admin privileges is for restricting what other Users of your computer can do. If you don't trust yourself, then perhaps you should consider it.

Neither of these are the hidden Administrator account which some of us enable to run uninhibited.

I am sorry, Rich, if I miss your point in recommending this but perhaps a reference would help.
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23 Sep 2010   #7
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I don't think I've logged into the Admin account since I first made it...
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23 Sep 2010   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
I don't think I've logged into the Admin account since I first made it...
Jacee are you referring to the hidden Admin account, or the quasi-Admin account which is set up by Win7 for owners during install?

My understanding is that it is set up this way purposefully to allow quasi-Admin functioning while still under UAC.

Subsequent User Accounts set up by owner for others are then recommended to be Standard unless it is another owner-level user.

I have not read citations that security concerns require owners themselves to safely run under Standard account. But if anyone should know, it is you.
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23 Sep 2010   #9
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
I don't think I've logged into the Admin account since I first made it...
Jacee are you referring to the hidden Admin account, or the quasi-Admin account which is set up for owners during install?
This is the account i use, the one created during setup, not the hidden 'Administrator' account.
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23 Sep 2010   #10
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Hidden Admin account ...
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