Posted 31 December 2005 - 12:25 PM
Admin group usernames can effect system wide changes, limited group usernames can not.
Malware seeks to make system-wide change(s) often enough, so it manipulates the PC within
an admin username (or as one)
If there exists one admin and various (levels) of limited users, it's less likely that your PC will be
accessible to the malware.
Read about the user names in the help built into winXP, or a google search.
Typically a limited user can not download/install programs, make certain deletions or move files in some ways.
WinXP has stronger file security functions, with Pro more than home edition, also.
The result would be this:
Admin user downloads installs anti-spyware & a variety of system-wide applications.
If chosen, these icons may appear on all desktops if all persons are permited to use the applications.
All desktops will indicate starting programs at work, like anti-virus or "resident" alerting anti-spyware blocking.
The actual wallpaper, icon size issues, etc. will vary from desktop to desktop among all users.
Each different user will have their own My Documents, desktop folders, etc.
Not all users icons will be the same if for instance one user has a game, but another doesn't play that one.
Start menus can be customized, too.
Admin might have Windows Update & Windows Marketplace, where the others can have those removed from the list. Each user's MRUs (Most Recently Run) files willvary, so the icons in the start menu will differ based on how each individual uses the PC.
When multiple users are set up, be careful when running apps like spy-bot or adaware that can identify and delete the "low risk" or "negligible" items as you can exclude from each user the things that might effect just them or all.
Just some basic info.
I'm not sure why your PC is behaving as you describe, unless upon close scrutiny you find the all admin users situation practically results in a deviation from the normal behavior based on what has been configured within the apps running presently,available to all to change in anyway.
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...