Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Using default admin account vs standard user account

19 Oct 2011   #1
TheArchitect77

Windows Professional 64-bit
 
 
Using default admin account vs standard user account

I have always been running admin and even until now I run as admin. But, I have been doing a little bit of research and realize that using a standard account is a safer practice. I have never even used a standard account. Is using a standard account a better practice? Also, how does doing average task such as installing programs and updating work through the standard user account?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
19 Oct 2011   #2
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Its safer to always run programs with lower privileges, and run as administrator when needed. Personally, I like my UAC set to the max. Basically, it stops programs from messing with your PC without permission.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2011   #3
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

If this is your computer and you are responsible for maintaining it then there is no good reason to set your user account to standard. You are the administrator, you need an administrator account.

At least one user needs to be an administrator. Otherwise you would need to reboot into safe mode and log into the special administrators account in order to do any common maintenance tasks. A royal PIA.

The standard account should be reserved for young children or less-than-trustworthy users of your computer, people you fear my make system changes "for fun", or who just can not help but click on that dancing monkey.

Even then it is far better to teach and train them. They will need to behave as administrators themselves one day.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

20 Oct 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I have a Standard account and an Administrator account.

The Administrator account is used for major changes such as installing or deleting an application, while the Standard account is used for my day-to-day computer use.

Switching between both accounts is no big deal and there are times when you need full administrator privileges.

However, I can't disagree with TVeblen's comment if you are the only user.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2011   #5
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

That's a good way to do it Seavixen. No muss, no fuss, just go to Start and switch users.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Using default admin account vs standard user account




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Standard User account and the barage of Admin passwords
So I'm logged in as a standard user and at start up I have to type in 15 admin passwords just to get the things running on the computer. Especially Asus AI Suite II. But I was just wondering is there a way to get that program to stop asking for all the passwords? I do use it ALOT and the program...
General Discussion
Changed Default Admin Account to Standard - Now Having Issues
I'm helping two friends (Bob & Jane) who want separate accounts on their new computer. They hired someone to help them, who wound up setting up Jane's account on the default Admin account. When I saw this, I set up a new Admin account (named "Bob") and changed Jane's account to Standard. ...
General Discussion
Creating a Admin account and getting my default user.
I just reformatted my pc and reinstalled a new OS. Anyways in my old OS I had somehow managed to active admin account/rights. I remember doing this because I was installing a theme and had to mess around with .dll files in windows folders. Anyways the reason I want to get the admin account back...
General Discussion
Windows 7 admin account is locked, on;y stuck with a standard account.
Hi, I basically had 3 accounts on my computer, one being "Administrator" (w Admin rights), one "test" (Standard User rights) and one more "User" that is the one I use most frequently (with Admin rights). When I last used it last Friday the User account was still present and all my programs were...
General Discussion
Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account
I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. When I try, I get the error message listed below. I have created a second user account as Administrator...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:43.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App