IMO home users shouldn't mess with the administrator account since it gets them into deep dodo usually requiring a reformat of the machine.
As recommended by Microsoft best practices its best to be using a nonadmin account for daily activities.
mianake you understand why not to use a admin equal account for daily operations?
Laufing - I pretty much understand that I don't understand much about computers!,
note - the O account has been a standard account the last couple weeks when all this was going on. it still had the access til I changed the setting for the file, probably since it was inherited.
Here is my short computer story. For years I had one account - O - it was , unknown to me, the Adminstrator account. About every two years the computer said I needed administrator approval for something, and I was bewildered!, since I didn't know who the Adminstrator was. Now I am even more bewildered since I was the Administrator.
I tend to leave the computer on all the time, and didn't have a password. I got more concerned, and moved sensitive data etc to the S account, and have a password on it. My goal was not to use it much and do most stuff in the O account. I also wanted to keep everthing in the S account from being visible in the O account since others occasionally use it ( I suppose it is just easier to have a guest account). THe S account is now the administrator account, and the O account is the standard.
I also want to be able to move things between the accounts sometimes., usually form O to S. Homegroup seemed to work for this, but for reasons nknown, sometimes my Homegroup works fine (I only have it set up for S to see O, not the other way), but at other times it says there are no other members even tho all are on and logged in. In any case, all is on E drive, so when in S, I can get to O, and by virtue of above, O can't see S.
To further complicate my life, I have created a new user account, X, for one reason - I have been backing stuff up to the cloud (various clouds actually) at an incredibley slow rate due to my connection, and I wanted to keep an extra copy out of my synced folders in case something disappeared. So I keep a copy on the X account, and don't bck it up on the external drive which is almost out of space.
So far, it seems to work, tho may be more complicated than I need. And I guess I don't really know why I shouldn't use the administrator account to do daily browsing unless it is to minimize hacking problems. IF that is the case, I could further amuse myself and create a Y account to be the administrator and never use that for anything !, and then make all others, including S standard.
Since I have rambled on, let me ask three other questions that I wonder about
1. If someone stole my computer, do the user passwords matter or is it easy to get the files etc without knowing the passwords. I am not trying to protect from a world class hacker, just wondering if it is easy to get my data rather easily from the drives or whatever even if you don't know the passwords.
2. Does my user password somehow make it to my external drive, or is that entirely vulnerable if stolen. external drive seems to be Seagate free agent
3. I get more viruses than I like, and wondered if having different user accounts and doing less safe browsing in only one of them would isolate the problem, and/or different browsers.
PS - if not mentioned, I have Windows 7 home edition
Edited by mianake, 10 February 2015 - 01:29 PM.