Solved setting up Windows MCE(Pro?)

Gateway / Mx6436
July 23, 2010 at 20:27:37
Specs: Windows XP, 1.794 GHz / 1982 MB
When setting up Windows XP for a single user, should I be setting the type of user account as a limited account? The anti-virus software I currently use gives me a pop up warning that my current account has administrator privelages. I already installed all my software and set all my settings and stuff, so I am not likely to change anything and reload all my programs again.

I remember when Windows XP first loaded and asked me for a Administrator password, but I skipped that step, as well as all others that had the "skip" option.

Is there anything I should be doing better that I might have missed when first loading Windows?

Will creating a limited type account be more secure?

Running a limited account, will that be more like using a terminal type computer that you can rent out at any cyber cafe, as in that while running as a limited account, one can not change system settings and such?

Wich is more likely to take more damage, running an account as an administrator or using a limited type account.

I don't know much about that kind of stuff and would like to hear or view good articles that help explain the difference and what one should run.

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July 23, 2010 at 23:21:41
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A limited account will certainly be more secure and safer. A user, and any software he is using, running with a limited account cannot change system settings or delete system files. This is what a Cybercafe would be using.

But the problem is that a great deal of software will not run properly with a limited account. Many applications simply assume they have full access to the computer and will fail with a limited account. This will occur more often with older software but sometimes newer software as well.

It all depends on what the user will be doing. Internet browsers and software intended to be used in a managed environment will work. Others you will have to try.

I would create an admin account for your own use and reserve the Administrator account for emergencies. In any event be certain they all admin accounts have a good password. An admin account with no password or a poor one is a serious security risk.

And never forget your own password. If a limited user forgets a password the admin can simply give him a new one. If the admin forgets - then you have a serious problem. As many users on this forum have found out the hard way.

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