Why use a standard user account instead of an administrator account?

The standard account can help protect your computer by preventing users from making changes that affect everyone who uses the computer, such as deleting files that are required for the computer to work. We recommend creating a standard account for each user.

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Stop using Admin account and transfer programs or make new Admin account?
I want to stop using the Administrator account. How to transfer programs?

I have been using the Administrator account as my main account for many years but now want to set up and use only a new standard account without administrator privileges. How do I transferall my programs, more than 50, and documents, photos (thousands), music, movies, audiobooks, password programs, etc.?

Can I make a new administrator account and call it AdminX with administrator privileges (and password) and then log in to that and CHANGE the rights on my original administrator account to just a standard user? This would keep all my programs, etc. but would it cause any problems?

I want to do this for added security. I do not want to reinstall all my programs.

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, all updates, 4 GB RAM
Desktop computer, one other user account for my husband.


Setting up standard account question
Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I have been running as administrator for nearly a year now with no problems but have been doing some research that indicates I should maybe be running as a standard account for greater protection.

I tried to set up a standard account and when it came time to enter a password for the account the dialog box said if I did so I would lose EFS files, stored passwords et; for the account.

Does this mean for the standard account I am setting up and now entering password for or does it mean for my administrator account that is already set up?

I do not want to lose anything connected to my admin account!


Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account
I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again.

When I try, I get the error message listed below. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move of my settings to the user account that workscorrectly and delete the one that does not.


Cannot change standard user UAC settings with or without admin elevation
I'm running Home Premium 64 on a desktop and laptop, within a workgroup (not homegroup). When I try to lower my standard user account's UAC settings, it prompts for an administrative account and password, which I provide.

After lowering, but not turning off, the UAC level, I get the error message "You must be logged on to this computer as an administrator to select this setting" (see figure).

When I logoff standard and logon as an administrator (with either my own or the System account) I cannot go to Control Panel|Users|Manage other Accounts|standard user account and find any option to change its UAC settings.

Any changes I make within either admin account apply only to admin accounts, not standard accounts.

Why does Win 7 prompt me for admin elevation and then tell me I have to be logged on as an admin, and then when I do so, provide no way of changing my standard user account?


Deleting an Administrator user account
Initially my home-office computer just booted up to my desktop. I am the sole user of this computer and its administrator. created an Administrator User Account (in addition to my regular User account (Keith).

When I restart my computer now I have to chose between Keith (the only account I use) and "Administrator".

I would like to get rid of "Adminstrator" User user showing up, so I just boot up to a desktop. (I don't use a password to get into this homecomputer.

But the User "Administrator" does not show up under Control Panel--User Accounts (only Keith shows up there). So I can't delete the account in the usual way. "Administrator" User account was created in an unusual way, which I don't remember.

So, I wish to get rid of the "Administrator User Account", keep the Keith User account, continue to be the administrator for my computer, and have my computer boot up to my desktop.


Change a user's account type
When you set up Windows, you were required to create a user account. This account is an administrator account that allows you to set up your computer and install any programs that you'd like to use. Once you finish setting up your computer, we recommend that you create a standard account and use it for your everyday computing. If you create new user accounts, you should also make them standard accounts. Using standard accounts will help keep your computer more secure.


How do I log on as an administrator?
An administrator is someone who can make changes on a computer that will affect other users of the computer. Administrators can change security settings, install software and hardware, access all files on the computer, and make changes to other user accounts. To log on as an administrator, you need to have a user account on the computer with an Administrator account type. If you are not sure if the account that you have on the computer is an administrator account, you can check the account type after you have logged on by doing the following:


What is User Account Control?
User Account Control (UAC) is a feature in Windows that can help you stay in control of your computer by informing you when a program makes a change that requires administrator level permission. UAC works by adjusting the permission level of your user account. If you're doing tasks that can be done as a standard user, such as reading email, listening to music, or creating documents, you have the permissions of a standard user even if you're logged on as an administrator.


Cannot create new user account
I use windows 7 home premium with an administrator account. I wanted to let my granddaughter use the machine so I created a "standard" user account. When I try to log on to it I get "The User Profile Service failed the logon.

User profile cannot be loaded." Microsoft help said to edit the registry S-1-5 etc file for the user account I created and change some values.

In Registry Editor, go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList In the left pane, look for the folder name starting with S-1-5 (SID key) followed by a long number. then click each folder and locate ProfileImagePath from the right pane, double click toverify that this is the user account profile that has the error.

Unfortunately when I tried this there was no S-1-5 file present for the account I created, only the one for the existing administrator account. Obviously I can't edit a non-


After joining domain unable to logon to administrator account
In our premises windows 7 enterprises edition operating system is in use. Before joining for domain our administrator account is working. But after joining for domain we can't able to log on to our administrator account.

But the administrator account username and password is 100% correct. Even while joining for domain our admin team not yet disabled the admin account.


User Account Control failure
I'm using Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium

As required to use administrator privilege from standard user account, enter said password for the Admin account; UAC doesn't launch the program it just stalls or leaves the Start menu unusable.

I have to use the windows run prompt to logoff..


How to Unlock a Locked Out User Account
Normally the account lockout duration security setting determines the number of minutes a locked out account remains locked out before automatically becoming unlocked. If the account lockout duration is set to 0 minutes, then a locked out user account will be locked out until an administrator manually unlocks that locked out user account. This will show you how to manually unlock a user account that was locked out when it reached it's account lockout threshold of invalid logon attempts.


Logging into Windows for websurfing
When logged into Windows, it's safer to websurf in a limited user account (rather than an administrator user account) because then if you do get infected by malware, the malware won't have administrator account privileges, and so has less ability to harm your computer.

But what if you're logged into a limited user account (and not simultaneously logged into an administratoruser account) but you're running any software (such as HideMyIP) with administrator privileges (because it won't run otherwise)? In that case, could malware take advantage of administratorlevel privileges in attacking your computer?


How do I install an application for just one user?
I have three separate user accounts on Windows 7 Premium - two administrator accounts for my wife and me, and one standard account for my son. Most applications, like Quickbooks, install on all the accounts,

For example, I have Parental Controls on my son's account, and every time he logs in, he has to click through a series of messages informing him that he needs administrator permission to run various Quickbooks services.

I also have games and other programs that I don't want him to see, but when Idelete their icons from his desktop, they disappear from mine as well.

Is there a way to install software so that it only appears in one user's account? Or, is there a place where you can specify which software runs at startup for each individual account? I've tried msconfig, but it seems to affect all three accounts.

The way Windows 7 handles the desktop and start menu is completely confusing; under previous versions, you could go in and edit individual user accounts through Windows Explorer, but withWindows 7, there appear to be multiple locations where user settings are held.


Unable to play Steam game on standard account, because publisher is unknown
Windows 7 is preventing a Steam game from running on standard user accounts because it says it is from an "unknown publisher" - so it requires an admin password to run - and then even after entering the admin password, a popup appears which says "Error - failed to find Steam" and the game will not run.

The only workaround I've found is to change the account to an administrator account


How to Set Account Lockout Threshold for Invalid Logon Attempts
The account lockout threshold security setting determines the number of invalid or failed logon attempts that causes a user account to be locked out. A locked out account cannot be used until it is reset by an administrator or until the account lockout duration for the account has expired or the administrator manually unlocks the locked out user account. The reset account lockout after security setting determines the number of minutes that must elapse after a invalid logon attempt before the invalid logon attempt counter is reset back to 0 invalid logon attempts.


Enabling or Disabling Administrator Account
This tutorial describes the 2 Ways to Enable/Disable the Administrator Account in Windows 7


Setting up non standard account in Win7
Does anyone know how to set up a non standard account on my PC (Win7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack1) in such a way that it will preserve the settings of the adm account? I want the security of surfing as a non-admin but when I try to set up such an account, it's like going back to square one.

Looks like I have to re-download Firefox, set Google as default search engine, re-download Media Monkey, Picasa3, import bookmarks.


User accounts: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about user accounts. What is a user account? Do I need a user account to use Windows? Do I need to use a password on my account? How can I switch to a different user account?
Can I change an account to a different type?


How to Create a Elevated Program Shortcut a Standard User is able to Run
This will show you the administrator how to create a elevated program shortcut that allows a standard user account to be able to run a program that runs as administrator without being prompted to enter the administator's password each time in Windows 7.