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what account do you use in Win XP. Administrator or User?

what account do you use in Win XP. Administrator or User?   462 members have voted

  1. 1. what account do you use in Win XP. Administrator or User?

    • User
      101
    • Administrator
      347
    • I don't use Win XP
      10

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i use administrator ....but i dont see the point of this poll

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I have the horrible habit of using the administrator account. =/

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I have my account set to Admin rights but MS has many articles on why this is bad for security. Vista will have improved support for running as an admin but keeping your PC more secure via low privelages mode.

Of course if you are admin I highly insist you follow my guide to keep your pc secure. I wouldn't dare use XP as admin without doing it.

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I'm admin @ home, admin @ work on my PC, and on domain I'm Server Operator, DHCP, DNS and SMS admin..

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I have always been an administrator in the past but on my upcoming installs will drop my regular-use accounts to Power User through the Net command and use administrator privileges only when necessary.

For about 18 months at work, I was in the Power User group, but the last 4 months have seen my position upgraded back to administrator status as a Workstation Admin. I found that the PU account has enough rights to do what I want but restrictive enough to ward off much of the garbage that wants to come through. I had rarely needed to have admin access during that time and feel comfortable in setting my home system's accounts to the PU group. Having some Linux experience now, it appears as though Vista is following suit with the reduced default accounts for better security.

That's my 2 cents.

XPSlacker :ph34r:

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after using the method runas very often the explorer crashes :( so I use XP with a Admin-Account

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admin. if your careful, you can prevent things from happening.

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I voted "User" but I have admin rights. As Cygnus said, if you are careful, (almost) nothing bad can happen. Then again, I'm a network admin @ work... :whistle:

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im no network admin, hell, im only 16. iv never had problems with virus's and stuff :D

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Admin only, thou limited by nLite, reg tweaks, group and local policies settings, etc.

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I too use the Admin account, but rename it to something other than Administrator ;)

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I use the administrator account. Not being able to view the calendar without admin rights? Comon... you could have put the check when the user tries to change the time/date.

But other than that, admin is the way to go for me. :)

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I am confused about whether this poll is meant to find out about community security practices or if it is just for people to brag that they have admin rights somewhere...

Or am I thinking too much? :wacko:

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I use SYSTEM :D

For those that don't know, SYSTEM has even more power than Administrator.

You have to edit the SAM to make this work (found the instructions on some site I forgot...)

I know in the *nix world, they advise against using the 'root' account, but I don't really see it as a problem if the user is careful. Limited user accounts are for those who can't be careful.

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Voted for the second option. I manage my own computer and I don't see a point of adding a "guest" or "limited user" account on my computer. I even let my brother and sister use my account and its too much hassle just to type in your own account password at the startup.

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I always logon with an ordinary User account. If I need to do "admin things", there's always Run As or as a last resort, logoff, logon as Admin, do whatever needs to be done, logoff, logon as an ordinary User (a bind, I know). :w00t:

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As much as I hate to. I have to run administrative profile, I have a couple of programs that will not allow user only profiles.

1. Audio Cleaning Lab

2. Omni Page

3. HP Scan

Have tried some other software for the OCR apps but haven't found any quite as good as Omni Page and HP Scan.

jd

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User.

How can you be "careful"? Careful is when you are even using Firefox as a non-admin, get hit with an exploit and has no privileges to do anything. Or is careful installing at least 2 of each of the following:

- Antivirus

- Antispyware

- Anti-Trojan

- Miscellaneous block lists

- Miscellaneous process watchers

I use a limited account and AVG. I've had Windows installed for a year and 3 months, and never lived in fear.

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well, my father has had XP home installed on a toshiba laptop for over 3 years now and not once has he had a virus or any form of malware on his computer. he uses the admin account.

so it depends on what you do on the computer. if your going to all kinds of bad/untrusted sites/searching all over, your going to get nailed eventually.

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SYSTEM

Full access to everything :). Even the SAM database in the registry.

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I work with computers since 1975, mainframes, and I never needed to use the "Administrator" account on this whole time. Of course, I'm talking about computer at home. When you install Windows you have administrator rights, you can do anything, but if you like to brush bits the best thing is: DOS 1.0 (beta) :)

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I use SYSTEM :D

For those that don't know, SYSTEM has even more power than Administrator.

You have to edit the SAM to make this work (found the instructions on some site I forgot...)

I know in the *nix world, they advise against using the 'root' account, but I don't really see it as a problem if the user is careful. Limited user accounts are for those who can't be careful.

SYSTEM is teh s**t.. Very useful when something wants to prohibit even Admin from doing something.. I dont use it all the time though, just when I need to by using a quick "at" command from the command prompt to get the Scheduler Service to run something for me..

Otherwise, I picked Admin.. If you want to play it safe and lower your permissions/rights for a program, use DropMyRights..

http://msdn.microsoft.com/security/securec...ure11152004.asp

Kind of the reverse of logging in as a normal User and using Run As to run something as an Admin.. This just takes away some rights from a program if you are already logged in as an Admin.

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Admin rights.I don't need protection from myself. :) And i don't like THIS :

I always logon with an ordinary User account. If I need to do "admin things", there's always Run As or as a last resort, logoff, logon as Admin, do whatever needs to be done, logoff, logon as an ordinary User (a bind, I know). :w00t:

If i need to do something i want to do it right now , without account changing & something like it :)

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