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Question re: Admin Password


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#1 smak451

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 11:52 AM

This probably goes in the opposite direction of where most would like to be (not to mention sounding paranoid), but is there a way to enable the requirement for a password even while logged on as an Admin in order to make any changes (effectively making even the Admin account behave like a limited user account)? I think this can be done using the Group Policy Editor, but I have Win 7 Home Premium 64x, and can't seem to find the answer online.

I'm not afraid of my own shadow in case you're wondering, but a friend who knows leagues more about all this than I do has taken a look at some logs he's set up on my computer and suggested I might want to do this, at least for the time being (comforting huh). If anyone knows how to do this, maybe a registry entry or something, please help. Thanks again. -- S :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 12:17 PM

By default Windows 7 creates an Admin account after installation. The password prompt box is shown by the UAC (user account control).
Read this about adjusting UAC in Windows 7 : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975787

Edited by Romeo29, 12 September 2010 - 12:17 PM.


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Posted 12 September 2010 - 09:41 PM

Thanks again Romeo, you're Karma must be pretty damn good! I have one follow up question on the TrueCrypt (maybe I should repost there) which looks like a great program: can you set up a system/OS encryption scheme that loads (in the docs its called pre-boot authentication I think) for only the user who signs on?

The reason I ask is that after being totally hacked in XP, I did a clean install with Win 7 and was in an LUA account and then switched users to the Admin account to tweak security settings and my Credentials manager box was opened (the background of the screen was black) as well as a system monitor!

So basically it seems some jerk is having fun or trying to prove a point at my expense and wasting days/weeks of my time in trying to defend this (or it's coincidental which I doubt). I had a router fully configured blocking all remote access (hardwire changes only) and a personal firewall set up, which is why my friend suggested tunneling as the MO. I'm at my whits end here! I've also been looking up "how to hack" and some of the methods are pretty sophisticated and would require protecting registry keys like Windows NT & those involving User Accounts as well as the Admin tools. So I thought enabling encryption on every sign-on would be a pretty good start. Just don't know how to beat this. All for World Peace bro, just wish I could start with my PC! Thanks again. Cheers, -- S




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