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Microsoft Admin user


© June 2004 Tony Lawrence

Wed Jun 16 22:14:58 GMT 2004 Microsoft Admin user

I prefer to set up XP machines with an Administrative account and a non-administrator account for the user. This is the smart way to set up a machine, but unfortunately the users don't like switching to the Admin account to install programs. If Microsoft were smart enough to do it like Mac OS X or Linux, where you get requested for an Administrator password when it is needed, we'd have far fewer problems with Microsoft machines.

Here's the problem: if you are running with Admin powers, and you visit a malicious web page or just accidentally do something stupid, you can be ruined instantly. Now it is true that this can happen even without being an Admin user, but it is less likely.

The other day though, I was adding something to an XP machine and the darn thing actually asked me if if I wanted to run the program as an Admin user! Obviously this CAN be done, because that program did it. So why doesn't Microsoft do this in general? I sure don't know..


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"The other day though, I was adding something to an XP machine and the darn thing actually asked me if if I wanted to run the program as an Admin user!"

I've had this come up on occasion with Windows 2000. Most of the time, however, I get rebuked if logged on as a regular user.

The whole security model of Win2K/XP is, in my opinion, poorly thought out. Microsoft keeps getting workstation security confused with server security, which simply makes it harder to administer their system.

--BigDumbDinosaur



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