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Windows 7: UAC as Admin???

20 Jun 2010   #1
jsmoline

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
UAC as Admin???

I just read a post about turning off uac. There was a huge debate and/or argument about how it should or shouldn't be done. I have been running in Admin. account with Windows firewall and MSE. I took someones advice and turned on uac with default settings. Yes, is was a little hard getting use to the question, Do you want to allow this program to make changes to your computer? This happens with Crap Cleaner, Auslogics Defrag, and all of the other tools I use. I look at this as a huge safety feature, even though I trust all of these programs. I know I'm going to hear that I should not run in Admin. account. I made a standard user account and enabled everything I needed to make sure that my wife's work day on this pc would work as she has been used to. The problem was how much space this used up on my hard drive. So I deleted it and am back to running in Admin. I have run as Admin. since W 95 and have never had a problem. I am fully stealthed, behind a router with a firewall and NAT enabled, Windows firewall is also on and I'm using MSE. I have used a third party firewall until W 7. It is set to defaults and I get some outbound warnings from this or MSE. Not sure as is pops up as windows security I think. I think I'm safe. Do you? I love to read opinions without the arrogant know it all name calling, like in the other post I read. Thanks
John


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20 Jun 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Good post

No arguement, just my opinion. I think that I have more than average knowlege about computers. I have two adminstrtor accounts (in case one gets corrupt) and run from a standard account. There is argument about this point, but I think less harm can come from a virus if in the standard users account

In addition, I use UAC at default levels. You mentioned your wife, ever have her on your mind, good or bad, and without sufficient thought do something on the computer. The UAC will make you think. Just my 2 cents.
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20 Jun 2010   #3
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsmoline View Post
I just read a post about turning off uac. There was a huge debate and/or argument about how it should or shouldn't be done. I have been running in Admin. account with Windows firewall and MSE. I took someones advice and turned on uac with default settings. Yes, is was a little hard getting use to the question, Do you want to allow this program to make changes to your computer? This happens with Crap Cleaner, Auslogics Defrag, and all of the other tools I use. I look at this as a huge safety feature, even though I trust all of these programs. I know I'm going to hear that I should not run in Admin. account. I made a standard user account and enabled everything I needed to make sure that my wife's work day on this pc would work as she has been used to. The problem was how much space this used up on my hard drive. So I deleted it and am back to running in Admin. I have run as Admin. since W 95 and have never had a problem. I am fully stealthed, behind a router with a firewall and NAT enabled, Windows firewall is also on and I'm using MSE. I have used a third party firewall until W 7. It is set to defaults and I get some outbound warnings from this or MSE. Not sure as is pops up as windows security I think. I think I'm safe. Do you? I love to read opinions without the arrogant know it all name calling, like in the other post I read. Thanks
John
Humm well... i far prefer running as standard user since XP and let my admin account besided. I do not use it often and it doesn't load much on my hard drive since only basics apps are there and not my personal. UAC is running one notch down default setting because i do not like that shadowed screen when progs running. Firewall is on and an internet security suite aswell...Windows Defender loads himself and is not unactivated.

I recently discovered the "bredolab" trojan password stealer and put it in quarantine before deleting it. One more reason for me to run as standard user!
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20 Jun 2010   #4
jsmoline

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

She hasn't encountered the uac yet. It is set to default settings. Whenever something like this comes up, though, she always calls on me to deal with it. I just wish it didn't use up so much space to make a standard user account. I wonder if I could make another admin account and turn this one into a standard user account? I bet something would get messed up.
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20 Jun 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

You could change from Adm to standard. Not a problem. Unless there is only one adm account. That cannot be changed.
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20 Jun 2010   #6
jsmoline

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

There is only one Admin. account.
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20 Jun 2010   #7
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsmoline View Post
She hasn't encountered the uac yet. It is set to default settings. Whenever something like this comes up, though, she always calls on me to deal with it. I just wish it didn't use up so much space to make a standard user account. I wonder if I could make another admin account and turn this one into a standard user account? I bet something would get messed up.
My admin account is only 110Mo big..after setting it for my needs. It shouldn't be a probs to create another account. she will have to get use to it! Click "authorize"!
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20 Jun 2010   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If there is only one Adm account it cannot be changed to standard user; unless you make the 2nd adm account then change the one that you have.
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20 Jun 2010   #9
jsmoline

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

So I create another admin account. Does it automatically have admin rights etc.? Or are there other steps I have to take?
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20 Jun 2010   #10
hackerman1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

do NOT use an ADMIN-account for normal work.
always run on a USER-account, switch to ADMIN only when its absolutely necessary fx. while doing system maintenance.

jsmoline: " I just wish it didn't use up so much space to make a standard user account."

how much space is "so much" ?

i have almost nothing on my ADMIN-account, almost clean desktop etc.
i keep everything on my normal USER-account.

create a new ADMIN, then change your existing ADMIN to USER.

and of course if you create a new ADMIN, it has ADMIN-rights....
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