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Windows 7: Win7 security strategy for program install/use?

15 Dec 2009   #1

XP Pro
Win7 security strategy for program install/use?

I just installed Win7 from XP and I'm having a tough time figuring out the best way to setup/use programs without totally disabling the UAC out of frustration. I'm trying not to disable it but it's pretty annoying. Can anyone give a general strategy for setting up the operating system within the UAC environment?

I started out trying to install programs on my user account but found that to be highly annoying with all the pop-ups about permissions. So I tried installing programs using the admin account but I'm unsure of the best way to make those programs available (with the program settings intact so I don't have to set everything up twice) to my user account. Logically, it seems this is the best method but I'm not sure if I should "share" the programs between admin and user or go into the program properties and select "run as admin" for every program I want to use on a user account...or both? If I share/run as admin all these programs isn't that somewhat defeating the purpose of not using an admin account anyway?

Thanks in advance for any info.

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15 Dec 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

You aren't really the Admin you think you are read this
Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account on Windows 7 or Vista :: the How-To Geek

Keep UAC on, and enable only certain users in the 'group' to have higher permissions set.
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15 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

If the applications are new, they should work without pop-up's as they will be configured for a 7 environment. As has been said keep UAC - its another part of your defense in depth.
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