Should I create a standard user account for my home pc?

Posted: 03-21-2007, 02:55 PM
I am installing Vista Home Premium on a new machine. I am a "power user". I
see that it is recommended to set up an administrator account as well as a
standard account, and use the standard for typical use. However, I also read
that if one is logged on the administrator account, you will still see
prompts for administrator access if the program attempts certain sensitive
actions. Is there then a good reason to set up a standard user account if I
am the only user of the machine, and it's a home machine?

Also, I prefer to fully boot up to the desktop, without seeing a user menu
to choose which account I want to use, or enter a password. By only having
one account on the machine, I assume that would do the trick.

Lastly, I am curious, how are OEMs like Dell setting up Windows Premium on
their machines? Do they set up an administrator and standard account on the
systems?

Should I create a standard user account for my home pc?


Responses to "Should I create a standard user account for my home pc?"

Jimmy Brush
Guest
Posts: n/a
 
Re: Should I create a standard user account for my home pc?
Posted: 03-23-2007, 01:23 PM

"zigner" <zigner@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:88A4449E-7655-4AC6-B564-E6F8026754A4@microsoft.com...
>I am installing Vista Home Premium on a new machine. I am a "power user".
>I
> see that it is recommended to set up an administrator account as well as a
> standard account, and use the standard for typical use. However, I also
> read
> that if one is logged on the administrator account, you will still see
> prompts for administrator access if the program attempts certain sensitive
> actions. Is there then a good reason to set up a standard user account
> if I
> am the only user of the machine, and it's a home machine?
Although I'm sure many people will disagree with me, I personally would just
use an admin account. The only programs that will have admin access to your
machine will have to be approved by you via a prompt.

However, there may be some security benefits to using a standard user
account ONLY for non-admin stuff, and using an admin account ONLY for
admin-stuff, and never mixing the two.

Other than that, there are differences in your experience when using the two
account types:

* Admin account:

- When doing admin stuff, prompt will ask for consent (continue or cancel)
- Everything happens inside of your account
- You may experience more UAC prompts

* Standard user account

- When doing admin stuff, the prompt will ask for username and password of
an admin
- Admin stuff happens as if the admin account did it, as opposed to your
non-admin user. (For example, if you install a program and it asks for your
admin user and password in order to install, that game may be set up for
your admin user, and not for your non-admin user).
- You may experience less UAC prompts
> Also, I prefer to fully boot up to the desktop, without seeing a user menu
> to choose which account I want to use, or enter a password. By only
> having
> one account on the machine, I assume that would do the trick.
Yes, with only one account without a password, Vista should automatically
log you in. If not, there are ways to make it do so.
> Lastly, I am curious, how are OEMs like Dell setting up Windows Premium on
> their machines? Do they set up an administrator and standard account on
> the
> systems?
I don't know about this one.


--
- JB
Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User

Windows Vista Support Faq
http://www.jimmah.com/vista/

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
 


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Forum Jump


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I cant create a new user in Windows Vista Home Premium? Henrique Maia Windows Vista Administration 4 11-26-2008 03:55 PM
Create user account in a remote computer. cykill Windows XP WMI 2 02-22-2006 10:43 PM
Can't create a new user account, (xp won't let me) Richard Windows XP Configuration & Management 3 12-30-2004 06:08 AM
Start XP Home directly into User Account Vince Windows XP Setup 0 07-30-2003 07:52 PM
Cannot Create New User Account - Domain Problems Peterson Windows XP Setup 0 07-14-2003 07:58 AM