Administer account in Windows XP

  fourpence 10:58 06 Dec 2006

I have been told that there are security advantages to be had from having a separate administer account in XP.Can anyone confirm/deny this and would this lead to any other complications in the sytem? Basically is this a good idea or not?

  mattyc_92 11:01 06 Dec 2006

I have setup my system with one 'Administrator' account (plus the built-in one) and the rest either Guest or Limited Accounts.

In theory, XP's security settings (denying writing access to critical system files, program files, etc... for non-Administrative accounts) mean that IF you do get a virus, the virus is far less likely to be able to do any real harm. If worst comes to worst, a virus would corrupt your account. You can then simply delete and re-create the account without worrying about the virus.

  anskyber 11:02 06 Dec 2006

Yes there are some security advantages in running, on a day to day basis, another account which is not the Administrator account. The Admin acc can the be used only for performing tasks like add/remove programs.

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