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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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.