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Administrator vs. Power User Question

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#1 chasoscar


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Posted 27 August 2004 - 11:21 PM

I just finished building a new system and running XPpro.

I’ve heard that after getting a new system setup that it is more “secure” to not run as Administrator. I was wanting to change my settings to either Power User or Limited User and only run as Administrator when needed.

Im sure a power user account has more privilege than a limited user account but I am not sure to what degree or if any compromises are made to security by running as a Power user as opposed to Limited User account. I am aware that some programs refuse to run without Admin privileges.

I want security but I also want convenience. Your opinion of which option would be best would be appreciated.


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#2 Grinler


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Posted 28 August 2004 - 12:53 AM

Power users is designed for running legacy applications such as ones designed for Win9X and thus have greater access to the computer than the normal users group. They do though still have a great deal of power over the computer.

This is what they can or can not do:

Install programs that do not modify the operating system files or install system services. This means they can not install services packs and updates from microsoft.

Can not install drivers.

Can create local users and groups, but can only edit ones that they have created.

Can change permissions on users, power users, and guests

Can stop and start services that are not started by default.

Can still change system wide settings such as time and date, power, and printer settings.

Hope this helps a bit

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