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Hi,

I have just bought a laptop that has Windows 7 Home Premium. I will be the only user on this laptop. It will not be part of a homegroup. Cable internet connection, Microsoft Security Essential, free Comodo firewall.

At most places I read that it is recommended that (along with the default admin account) you create a non-admin standard user account and use that (everyday use). So what is the big difference between using Windows 7 as admin (from admin account) or as simple user (from non-admin account)?

The only difference I noticed so far (I have a Win7 desktop PC as well that I use at admin from admin account most of the times) that:
- when I use it from my admin account as admin then in case of a "suspicious" action (installing, changing system settings etc.) I have to click the "as admin" button and/or click "yes" when Windows ask me if I really want to do/allow that;
- when I use it from my standard non-admin account then in case of these "suspicious" actions I have to provide the password of my admin account.

Is there anything else? Any other difference?

It is quite annoying to enter the password all the time. Also, I don't see a big difference between simply clicking a "yes" or "as admin" button (admin) or entering a password as well (simple user). If that is the only difference then it doesn't worth the annoyance for me.

But if there other things as well... Well...

Please let me know. Any advice is welcome. Any info is welcome too. Or if you just tell me how you use your computer, that is useful info to.

Thanks,
A
    
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Having an admin account gives you generally more access to change settings in the system than a standard account.

I've never read that you should also have a standard account before even with a single user, personally I don't see the benefit.
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The only difference
I have seen is what you have discussed. A standard user is good for kids, the elderly, or other people who will click yes on things that don't understand what its asking. You should be good as an Admin
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As an ancillary, related question, is there any way to annihilate the "All Users," / "Guest User," / "User" functionality of Windows?

For over five years, I am the only user of my computer. I don't set up guest accounts, so I don't have multiple users, and, as a corollary, don't care about "All Users." But every stinking time I install a program or use a program, a litany of things happens:

Program A decides it will put its shortcut in the User Start Menu Folder.
Program B decides it will put its shortcut in the All Users Start Menu Folder.
Program C saves its application data to My Documents for the User
Program D saves its application data to AppData for All Users
Program E decides its just going to dump its **** wherever it pleases and flip everyone off while doing it
Windows decides that my Files drive is the absolute ******* best place in the world to leave folders name 0x134524572456134541345214572456

Any way to cripple that functionality would be a godsend. (And anyone with advice on how to stop the last thing, whoa boy. I'd probably buy you a beer.
    
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You can turn guest/user accounts on/off if that's what you're asking. I've never had a problem where programs save files other than where my username folder is at.
Anyways to turn off the guest accounts/user accounts click the Start button, then in the search bar type lusrmgr.msc and hit enter, then click on Users. You can then right click on any User/Guest and go to Properties, and then disable the accounts there.
You can also activate the "hidden" Administrator account that will let you do anything pretty much, but its not recommended to use it for pretty good reasons (lets any program do whatever if you execute it)
If you still want to give it a shot, heres the instructions on how to enable the real "Administrator" account
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/access-the-real-administrator-account-in-windows-7/3656
Edited by brandontaz2k2 - 4/28/12 at 1:10am
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Thanks for the reply - I won't be at home to fiddle with this until tonight, out of curiosity, do you or anyone know if this option also turns off the "All Users" folder tree? That would be.... excellent.
    
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