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How do I duplicate a user account?


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#1 bwv848

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 11:50 AM

I would like to duplicate an administrator account on a Toshiba laptop and turn the copy in to a standard user account for security reasons. Is there a way to do this, and if there is, how do I do so? Configuring an account from scratch with many settings and preferences would really be awful. 

 

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 12:04 PM

If I understand what you mean...I would simply create a new account and then duplicate the contents of the admin account.

 

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 12:16 PM

OK, thanks for you help. Is there a way to make my photos, downloads, and documents synchronized? (Shared folders?)

 

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 12:51 PM

Copy...paste...is my method for duplicating data files.  I copy the file. group of files, or folder...and just paste them in the new location I desire.

 

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 01:23 PM

You can't just duplicate an account. I went through this before. As hamluis says, you must make the new account and copy your files, change the settings, etc, manually.



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Posted 09 August 2016 - 02:55 PM

Copy...paste...is my method for duplicating data files.  I copy the file. group of files, or folder...and just paste them in the new location I desire.

 

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OK, thanks for your help. Not going to copy and paste 56 GB of photos. :-) I think I may just turn my administrator account into a standard user account and create a new administrator account. I guess I don't need personal photos and documents in an admin account when all I do in that account is administrator duties …


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 02:57 PM

You can't just duplicate an account. I went through this before. As hamluis says, you must make the new account and copy your files, change the settings, etc, manually.

Yes, it seems to be the case. :-(


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 03:58 PM

O.K., this is a silly question … but why can I change my account type when I'm a "standard user" back to an administrator? Is that normal? I've never actually used a standard user account in my life.


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 04:26 PM

O.K., this is a silly question … but why can I change my account type when I'm a "standard user" back to an administrator? Is that normal? I've never actually used a standard user account in my life.

 

Because you are a standard user. Only an Admin can grant administrative privileges. 



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 05:14 PM

 

O.K., this is a silly question … but why can I change my account type when I'm a "standard user" back to an administrator? Is that normal? I've never actually used a standard user account in my life.

 

Because you are a standard user. Only an Admin can grant administrative privileges. 

 

I literally mean this:

 

I was an administrator (Account A). I logged in to another administrator account (Account B) to turn Account A in to a standard user account. When I logged back in to Account A (Account A was now a standard user account), Account A had the privileges to change Account A back to an administrator account. Is that normal?

 

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 05:52 PM

As you already know, there are two admin-level accounts to avoid meddling with :) Trusted Installer and the built-in Administrator accounts. Always ensure you're adjusting only the accounts you created.

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 06:04 PM

As you already know, there are two admin-level accounts to avoid meddling with :) Trusted Installer and the built-in Administrator accounts. Always ensure you're adjusting only the accounts you created.

Thanks for the reminder! Of course, I'm only adjusting my own created accounts. Definitely will NEVER touch those two accounts. :nono:


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 06:16 PM

You must login/logout with the affected account to change its permissions. As in, Account A must be logged out, and then logged in again before it will change.



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:44 PM

You must login/logout with the affected account to change its permissions. As in, Account A must be logged out, and then logged in again before it will change.

Thanks, that worked! I should've thought of that, but Windows didn't warn me that I had to do that, so I concluded I didn't need to do so.


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