Changing an Admin acct into a Standard acct

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Steve Turner, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Steve Turner

    Steve Turner Guest

    I have been working in Vista for the first time for a couple of weeks now.
    Initially I set up myself as a Admin and have been using only that account.
    However, I've been reading up on security issues in Vista and realize that I
    should have set myself up as a Standard user and only invoke the Admin
    account when I wanted to.

    My question is this: What changes will occur if I first set up an Admin
    account and then change the current Admin account (the intiial one) to a
    Standard? Will all my documents be preserved? What other issues should I
    take into consideration?

    Steve Turner, Aug 18, 2008
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  2. Steve Turner

    Malke Guest

    1. Create an extra Administrator account. This is important since the
    built-in Administrator is disabled by default in Vista. You need never log
    into this account except once if you're fortunate.

    2. Log into the new extra Administrator account. Go to Control Panel>User
    Accounts. Change your personal account to Standard. Your data will not be

    3. Log back into your own account.

    Malke, Aug 18, 2008
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  3. While this is true, the developers of Vista realized that many
    people with XP were not using this "best practice" scenario.
    They have hidden the actual admin (most privilege) account
    and replaced it with an admin account with a split token so
    that even the admin account user runs with standard user
    rights. The advantage of running in the admin account is that
    the "admin approval mode" reduces the amount of information
    that the user is required to enter in the UAC prompts. The
    programs that run without causing a prompt are either pre-
    assigned the elevated rights they need, or are run in standard
    user environment. The programs that cause a prompt require
    only a click.
    You'll be okay as long as you don't remove the last admin account.
    None that I am aware of, but wait until others have a chance to
    respond. I haven't actually tried this whereas others may have.
    FromTheRafters, Aug 18, 2008
  4. Steve Turner

    Steve Turner Guest

    Thanks, guys. Needless to say I'm going to back everything up.
    Steve Turner, Aug 18, 2008
  5. Sorry, I thought you were the OP losing access to the only admin account
    (aside from the hidden one) available. The OS shouldn't allow the last one
    to be removed, but stranger things have happened.

    Once I realized my error, I tried to cancel that post, but some servers
    support cancellations. Frankly, I was surprised that someone would start
    with step two. :eek:/
    FromTheRafters, Aug 21, 2008
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