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

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Poll: what account do you use in Win XP. Administrator or User? (462 member(s) have cast votes)

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

  1. User (101 votes [22.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.05%

  2. Administrator (347 votes [75.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 75.76%

  3. I don't use Win XP (10 votes [2.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.18%

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i use administrator account with security according to NSA security standards my Vista is administrator with sslf enable for high security. :thumbup
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i use administrator account with security according to NSA security standards my Vista is administrator with sslf enable for high security. :thumbup

Administrator account versus NSA security advisories don't match; the NSA advises users not to work under an administrator account. B)
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i voted for admin bcoz admin is best

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i voted for admin bcoz admin is best

Ehm, no it is not :blink: See my questions posted above; why would you want to surf the internet using administrative rights? Users who use an administrative account for normal day use are foolish in my humble opinion :realmad:
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I use User normally. I must say that vista makes it much easier, as I got access denied errors with some crappy software, so Vista makes it much easier for me.

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i create a second account with admin privilages
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i am using Administrator ...but sometime use User.

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Administrator account :easy access :P

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Coming from Windows 98 world I always use administrator. I recently installed a few computers with System but so far discovered no benefits of it.

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a have admin acount (with EWF) or system acount (With Minlogon)
and i hate security
if everywone=normal than

secutity = nothing
xp = 100Megs 'perhaps?

end if

if it was possible i would switch to ReactOs

Edited by emmanuel d, 02 March 2008 - 10:20 AM.


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I'm a network admin at work. No time to lose with user privileges on my workstation. I just take care of using good security practices.

I used to put my home computer with user privileges, but it was annoying to do Run As everytime I had to do something to the system, which was happening more often than I thought.
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I have XP on my desktop at home, I run under my account unless I'm in a hurry then I login as administrator since I have so much booting up in my account at logon.

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Always admin. If it's my computer, i want to have full control on everything running on it. I also use the services configuration applet a lot.

Even my mom has admin privileges on her computer, and she never screwed anything up. :)
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Doesn't matter on which workstation you're on, u should always use least privileged account. Most applications today are designed to run post installation with non admin rights. No matter how careful you may be, the possibility of viral/malware infection is possible when running with the admin account.

Rule of thumb, use runas cmd or switch to admin to install programs, afterwards log on as a reg user. I've been doing this for 4 years now without any anti-virus or anit-spy installed on my home PC. Never had an infection to date (I use online anti-virus scanners).

You can also run a batch file for any program that requires admin rights:

runas /profile /user:portugal\christian "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\outlook"

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You can also run a batch file for any program that requires admin rights:

runas /profile /user:portugal\christian "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\outlook"


I take it this command does have the Administrator password? Portugal?

If not, then it totally negates there being a "limited" account.

The Windows I use is so reduced in size that I cannot make up new users even if I wanted to, but then I don't want to, I want the install as small as possible with no lack of functionality for me personally.

Used Admin for 8 years and never been hit. Even as a n00b downloading things left right and center on REAL BAD networks like Kazaa, eMule, Morpheus, LimeWire, urgh... theres more viruses on those than anything else. Even then though, I never got taken out by a virus. I might have HAD viruses, but never anything serious.

IMO it all boils down to this - is there anything on your computer that personally identifies you? Do you do "online banking" etc? If so then never use the Admin account, I only know its safe to use because of how careful I am to never do all that stuff online, eBay, banking... I do not do any of it so, Admin always for me.

Edited by LeveL, 31 May 2008 - 06:34 AM.


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I use admin account at home on both of my PCs. At work I use a restricted user account on my workstation but I have shortcuts to IE and ProcessExplorer on my desktop and use Runas if I need to do anything requiring Admin priveliges. I have both Local and Domain Admin user accounts. If I need to logon to the Server (via KVM - then I only use the (Local) Admin account.
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I found out I actually don't use the Administrator account at home. I use a user account with Administrative priveledges. At work, all my computers (workstations, etc) use the Administrator account logged into a domain, except my old server which uses a domain logon.
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i use admin.
but my pc had many virus attacks.
can you recommend some good security stuff

Edited by specialbao1, 10 July 2008 - 11:37 PM.


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but my pc had many virus attacks.
can you recommend some good security stuff

Stay patched, use some kind of firewall (a good router works), if at all possible don't use IE, and don't run any .exe from anywhere (including email attachments) blindly.

If you do that, you'll go for years without any viruses.
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i use admin.
but my pc had many virus attacks.
can you recommend some good security stuff

... and that's why you should never, never, never do your normal work using an admin account! An admin account is to be used for administrative purposes, not for browsing the internet, not for checking your e-mail, not for listening to music, et cetera.
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I used Admin every time. One time I tried creating an user account, but too large number are of "access denied" messages. :}

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That's why you have the runas option.
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I hope he was not holding his breath for an advice. ;)

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I'm sure -X- didn't notice the previous post was over four years ago. LOL :)

EDIT:
Either that or he wanted to remind folks that this poll still exists and he was curious if anyone would still care to vote. If that was his goal it appears to be working.

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Edited by bphlpt, 12 September 2012 - 10:46 PM.

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