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Windows 7: About to reinstall Win 7, need advice

23 Mar 2010   #1
JordanJP

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About to reinstall Win 7, need advice

I'm about to reinstall Win 7 and among other things I'm thinking of looking into using the OS as a Non Admin permanently. I'm the only person who uses my computer, but what I mean is I would like to create a non-admin account and use that on a daily basis and only use the admin account to install programs or make system wide changes.

Could anyone direct me in the right direction on how I would go about doing this ?


Thanks


JJP


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23 Mar 2010   #2
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JordanJP View Post
I'm about to reinstall Win 7 and among other things I'm thinking of looking into using the OS as a Non Admin permanently. I'm the only person who uses my computer, but what I mean is I would like to create a non-admin account and use that on a daily basis and only use the admin account to install programs or make system wide changes.

Could anyone direct me in the right direction on how I would go about doing this ?


Thanks


JJP
When you setup Windows after installation, it will log you into your created account, which is an admin account by default. Just navigate the Control Panel and create a new user, making sure it's not an admin. There's a default admin account built into Windows 7 that's hidden, but I wouldn't suggest using it.

Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Manage Another Account -> Create New Account -> Standard User
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23 Mar 2010   #3
JordanJP

Windows 7 baby ! : D
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Product FRED View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JordanJP View Post
I'm about to reinstall Win 7 and among other things I'm thinking of looking into using the OS as a Non Admin permanently. I'm the only person who uses my computer, but what I mean is I would like to create a non-admin account and use that on a daily basis and only use the admin account to install programs or make system wide changes.

Could anyone direct me in the right direction on how I would go about doing this ?


Thanks


JJP
When you setup Windows after installation, it will log you into your created account, which is an admin account by default. Just navigate the Control Panel and create a new user, making sure it's not an admin. There's a default admin account built into Windows 7 that's hidden, but I wouldn't suggest using it.

Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Manage Another Account -> Create New Account -> Standard User

hmm what's the difference between the "default admin account" and the "admin account" that is created right after installing Windows ?

Also why wouldn't you recommend using the "default admin account" ?

Thanks
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23 Mar 2010   #4
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

The default admin account is hidden and might cause some problems if it's modified. You'd need to enable it through a registry edit. By default it has no password set, but will still ask for a password anyways, so you'd need to change the password from another admin account. From personal experience, I would suggest you keep the admin account created during installation as your admin account, and create a standard account for normal usage.
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23 Mar 2010   #5
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JordanJP View Post
I'm about to reinstall Win 7 and among other things I'm thinking of looking into using the OS as a Non Admin permanently. I'm the only person who uses my computer, but what I mean is I would like to create a non-admin account and use that on a daily basis and only use the admin account to install programs or make system wide changes.

Could anyone direct me in the right direction on how I would go about doing this ?


Thanks


JJP
That is actually the safer, more secure way to use a computer.
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24 Mar 2010   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

People who know what they are doing can run the Hidden administrator account without worries. It does not require a password, doesn't bother you for anything ever (nice) and is best set up right after install.

I believe you can set User Account controls to lowest setting to avoid being bothered at all, as well.

In your case, you'd need to establish another User Account without Admin authority, but it will create the sign-in screen for your two accounts. This is fine if you have a password, but a bother otherwise.

I believe you need to have at least one account with Admin privileges. You can turn up the User Account setting if you want it more restricted.
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