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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 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:

Thats too much hassle. Why use a standard user account for anyway?

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Thats too much hassle. Why use a standard user account for anyway?
The reason I do is because it is obvious that malware gets no advantage. Signatures only go so far, so far that as I said earlier you need 2 of every type of "security app" running in the background to be safe. That is fine if all you do is word processing.

The only "security" app I have is AVG. I had SpywareBlaster, but I uninstalled it and even reversed any changes it made. I had Ad-Aware. I rarely used it, and when I did, I didn't need it only telling me that cookies and recently opened files were endangering my privacy. I don't have a slow system but I sure don't want tons of other crap running slowing it down.

I'll let other people be but, anyone not seeing the obvious advantage shouldn't complain that Windows has no security.

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Administrator all the time, maybe it makes me feel more important!

just kidding, but I remember in the school when I try to install a program the classic "You don't have rights" and make feel like hulk.

:)

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I voted User, although I have full administrative rights on the PC, but I leave the Administrator account in it's default state totally untouched.

It's never personally happened to me, but that way if ever my profile gets ruined or somehow over-run with malware etc I can remove the account and the profile and start-a-fresh.

I set other family member's PC's with them as PU's and I use the Administrator account for looking after the background stuff.

I know having 2 Administrator's is supposedly not great for security purposes, but gives me the leverage to remove my profile in the event of something going tits up.

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I use an account with admin priveleges on all the machines I utilize. User education is the best security tool out there. For regular, everyday office users, I would recommend just an account with user priveleges.

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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:

i m hunderd % agree with u s a must to keep it secret :thumbup

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Administrator account. I am very careful and haven't had any problems in a couple of years, so...

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Administrator, but my parents are simple users with not many priveleges...that's better :P

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>Of course if you are admin I highly insist you follow my guide

That's a good way to secure IE that I've not seen before. My current techniques typically keep customers safe for more than a year and this should help to extend the time. Someone needs to write an installer for this. Installing it will attach it to all IE except for the icon that runs Windows Update.

>I use SYSTEM :D

I have run into things where it seemed that Administrator wasn't good enough. I'd like to know how to do that. If you can find "CREATOR OF ALL UNIVERSES" login mode, that would be even better.

For virus scans I need to be able to read and write any files regardless of permissions. Can SYSTEM do that? Can anything do that?

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Regular user? You gotta be kidding. You have to fight applications every step of the way. They need to write to the windows folder, to system 32, they need to write to HKEY LOCAL MACHINE, even changing the file associations needs administrative privileges. I'm experienced enough to know how to protect myself.

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I have run into things where it seemed that Administrator wasn't good enough. I'd like to know how to do that. If you can find "CREATOR OF ALL UNIVERSES" login mode, that would be even better.

For virus scans I need to be able to read and write any files regardless of permissions. Can SYSTEM do that? Can anything do that?

I don't know that much about the power of the SYSTEM account, other than the fact that it's more powerful than Admin.

Here's how to get a 'root shell' :

Open a command prompt. Invoke the 'time' command to see the current time (just press Enter again to not enter a new time). Now invoke

at xx:xx /i 'cmd.exe'

Where xx:xx is some time in the near future (one or two minutes ahead).

Wait a few minutes and the new command prompt should appear, this one is running under SYSTEM. You can start the task manager (taskmgr) from there, close Explorer.exe and run it from this new task manager (which is also running under SYSTEM) to get full use of the SYSTEM account.

As for logging in by default as SYSTEM, that requires some very complicated registry editing that I won't go into detail here (nor do I remember everything about it!)

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I use Administrator account.

I know it's not a good thing, but can't live otherwise :no:

Software products testing all day ;)

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at home when im using nt4\2k\xp i use administrator

i just cant be bothered using the user acount

even when i have 9x logging on to my domain i use my "administrator"

(administrator has no policies applied to it the other users do)

at school i use a domain administrator most the time as well.

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I use the Hypergalactic MegaPriv account (it's a hidden account - not many people know about it) which encompasses all of the Administrator and SYSTEM privs and also adds a few handy extra commands that even these accounts cannot provide (listed below)

<Make> commands

Make Soup

Make Tea

Make Bed

Make bad monster explode

Make whoopee

<stop> commands

Stop Go

Stop Start

(listed in Start menu - Start>Stop>Start) this command stops start from starting stop and allows start to stop start stopping start - excellent for those long night in yourself when you've nothing better to do!

Hope none of the hackers out there find out about this megapriv account or the fact that most people use Administrator or even that some use system account :whistle:

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This to me is like asking "do you crawl on all fours, or walk" :lol:

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I voted admin. but I am somewhere inbetween on my system. I use DropMyRights for several high-risk programs that I do not personally use just incase something gets into my system so the damage done is limited. I tried a user and power user account but I got so sick of the problems that created. Zxian got it right, some braindead programmer thought that gem up I'll bet.

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I use the Hypergalactic MegaPriv account (it's a hidden account - not many people know about it) which encompasses all of the Administrator and SYSTEM privs and also adds a few handy extra commands that even these accounts cannot provide (listed below)

<Make> commands

Make Soup

Make Tea

Make Bed

Make bad monster explode

Make whoopee

<stop> commands

Stop Go

Stop Start

(listed in Start menu - Start>Stop>Start) this command stops start from starting stop and allows start to stop start stopping start - excellent for those long night in yourself when you've nothing better to do!

Hope none of the hackers out there find out about this megapriv account or the fact that most people use Administrator or even that some use system account :whistle:

:lol::lol:

Hahaha, I had to read that twice just to make sure I read what I read.

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Administrator! and i changed the name.

If i had to share my laptop with my bro, i'd create a user account for him. :P

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