September 20, 2005

Standard User

I re-installed XP today and decided to try out running as a standard user, not as an administrator. (I did only switch once I got Office and Visual Studio installed.)

When I do need to be admin, I use this tool: link This prompts for the Administrator password, then mine, which adds me to the Administrators group for the context of a command prompt. Anything I run from that prompt runs with my increased privileges.

I'm going to give it a week or so and see how I get on.


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  1. Good idea. One of the reasons unix is so safe is that even the almighty root logs in as a normal user most of the time (I think).

    21 Sep 2005, 10:51

  2. Hey Andy, I've been running as local user for about a year now… you encounter the occasional shit (link) program that tries to write to program files or HKLM, but in general everything is OK. You can kiss spyware goodbye as well.

    21 Sep 2005, 17:14


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