Use built-in administrator account or create new one?

Posted: 10-10-2008, 06:04 AM
If I understand it correctly, for security reasons it's best to have a
separate administrator account and a standard user account, even on one-user
PCs (as in my case). However, which of the following two is the better option:

1. Enable the built-in administrator account and "downgrade" the account
that was created when Vista was installed to that of a standard user;

2. Continue using the administrator account that was created when installing
Vista, create a separate standard user account and leave the built-in
administrator account alone.

Thanks for any advice on pros and cons for any option (unless it's equally
safe -- convenient it is for sure -- to have just one account if there's only
one user).
--
Luc

Use built-in administrator account or create new one?


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Brink
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Re: Use built-in administrator account or create new one?
Posted: 10-10-2008, 06:23 AM

Hi Luc

It's actually better to do both. Create another administrator accoun
(normal default or the built-in one) to use as a backup in case you nee
to repair your other default administrator account.

It is more convenient to use just one of the administrator accounts
but it's just not as restricted as in a Standard account

For better security, you can create a Standard account and use it fo
everyday non-administrative tasks

Hope this helps
Shaw

Luc;857192 Wrote:
> If I understand it correctly, for security reasons it's best to have
> separate administrator account and a standard user account, even o
> one-use
> PCs (as in my case). However, which of the following two is the bette
> option
>
> 1. Enable the built-in administrator account and "downgrade" th
> accoun
> that was created when Vista was installed to that of a standard user
>
> 2. Continue using the administrator account that was created whe
> installin
> Vista, create a separate standard user account and leave the built-i
> administrator account alone
>
> Thanks for any advice on pros and cons for any option (unless it'
> equall
> safe -- convenient it is for sure -- to have just one account i
> there's onl
> one user)
> -
> Lu
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Re: Use built-in administrator account or create new one?
Posted: 10-10-2008, 07:06 AM

Thanks Shawn:

Actually, I hadn't thought of that possibility. I'll follow your advice and
have two administrator accounts (a standard account being a bit too
restrictive).

Regards.
--
Luc


"Brink" wrote:
>
> Hi Luc,
>
> It's actually better to do both. Create another administrator account
> (normal default or the built-in one) to use as a backup in case you need
> to repair your other default administrator account.
>
> It is more convenient to use just one of the administrator accounts,
> but it's just not as restricted as in a Standard account.
>
> For better security, you can create a Standard account and use it for
> everyday non-administrative tasks.
>
>
> Hope this helps,
> Shawn
>
> Luc;857192 Wrote:
> > If I understand it correctly, for security reasons it's best to have a
> > separate administrator account and a standard user account, even on
> > one-user
> > PCs (as in my case). However, which of the following two is the better
> > option:
> >
> > 1. Enable the built-in administrator account and "downgrade" the
> > account
> > that was created when Vista was installed to that of a standard user;
> >
> > 2. Continue using the administrator account that was created when
> > installing
> > Vista, create a separate standard user account and leave the built-in
> > administrator account alone.
> >
> > Thanks for any advice on pros and cons for any option (unless it's
> > equally
> > safe -- convenient it is for sure -- to have just one account if
> > there's only
> > one user).
> > --
> > Luc
>
>
> --
> Brink
>
> *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
> them.*
> '*VISTA FORUMS*' (http://www.vistax64.com)
> *Please post feedback to help others.*
>
Brink
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Re: Use built-in administrator account or create new one?
Posted: 10-10-2008, 03:59 PM

Your welcome Luc.


Luc;857214 Wrote:
> Thanks Shawn:
>
> Actually, I hadn't thought of that possibility. I'll follow your advice
> and
> have two administrator accounts (a standard account being a bit too
> restrictive).
>
> Regards.
> --
> Luc
>
>
> "Brink" wrote:
> > > >
> > >
> > > Hi Luc,
> > >
> > > It's actually better to do both. Create another administrator account
> > > (normal default or the built-in one) to use as a backup in case you
> > need
> > > to repair your other default administrator account.
> > >
> > > It is more convenient to use just one of the administrator accounts,
> > > but it's just not as restricted as in a Standard account.
> > >
> > > For better security, you can create a Standard account and use it for
> > > everyday non-administrative tasks.
> > >
> > >
> > > Hope this helps,
> > > Shawn
> > >
> > > Luc;857192 Wrote:> > > > >
> > > > > If I understand it correctly, for security reasons it's best to
> > > have a
> > > > > separate administrator account and a standard user account, even on
> > > > > one-user
> > > > > PCs (as in my case). However, which of the following two is the
> > > better
> > > > > option:
> > > > >
> > > > > 1. Enable the built-in administrator account and "downgrade" the
> > > > > account
> > > > > that was created when Vista was installed to that of a standard
> > > user;
> > > > >
> > > > > 2. Continue using the administrator account that was created when
> > > > > installing
> > > > > Vista, create a separate standard user account and leave the
> > > built-in
> > > > > administrator account alone.
> > > > >
> > > > > Thanks for any advice on pros and cons for any option (unless it's
> > > > > equally
> > > > > safe -- convenient it is for sure -- to have just one account if
> > > > > there's only
> > > > > one user).
> > > > > --
> > > > > Luc> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > > --
> > > Brink
> > >
> > > *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
> > > them.*
> > > '*VISTA FORUMS*' (http://www.vistax64.com)
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> > > > >

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Re: Use built-in administrator account or create new one?
Posted: 10-15-2008, 06:29 PM

Hey Shawn
I have done this stupid mistake
I Downgraded the accnt which was created when Vista and made ever
step to ask for Admin psswrd and turned on UAC was installed and wa
using my Built-in administrator accnt for My purposes. I went into d cm
prompt and typed tht"net users Administartor /active:no" command withou
knowing its effects
Now my Adminstrator accnt is hidden
When i log on to my std accnt i cant open d cmd in Run a
administrator mode
It gives the UAC screen and asks for conformation and d ok button i
not highlighted(As i made tht accnt to be std and turned on UAC). NOw
want my Admin accnt back!
Have any solutions??


Relying greatly upon You
With Regard
Ashok

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Re: Use built-in administrator account or create new one?
Posted: 10-15-2008, 11:41 PM

jeyessh;861803 Wrote:
> Hey Shawn
> I have done this stupid mistake
> I Downgraded the accnt which was created when Vista and made every ste
> to ask for Admin psswrd and turned on UAC was installed and was using m
> Built-in administrator accnt for My purposes. I went into d cmd promp
> and typed tht"net users Administartor /active:no" command withou
> knowing its effects
> Now my Adminstrator accnt is hidden
> When i log on to my std accnt i cant open d cmd in Run as administrato
> mode
> It gives the UAC screen and asks for conformation and d ok button i
> not highlighted(As i made tht accnt to be std and turned on UAC). NOw
> want my Admin accnt back!
> Have any solutions??
>
>
>
> Relying greatly upon You
> With Regard
> Ashok
Hi Ashok

Since you do not have another administrator account, you might see i
you can boot into '*Safe Mode*
(http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/123496-safe-mode.html) to see if i
be in the built-in Administrator account so that you can enable i
again

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67...or-account.htm

Hope this helps
Shaw

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