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    Installing-'Administrator' vs. User w/Admin Rights

    I am about to install Office 2000 Developer on Windows 2000 Professional. I am befuddled by the implications of installing Office as "the" administrator, versus installing as a user with (temporary) administrative rights. The latter would mean I was ready to run immediately with all my preferences. What are the advantages of the former?

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    Re: Installing-'Administrator' vs. User w/Admin Rights

    Being logged in as the Administrator insures that the hardware and software will be available to ALL users when it is installed. Installing with "temporary rights may get lost in the install reboot process and the install could fail.

    Just having the rights does NOT always mean that you do. I have found that some app's , Nortons Disk doctor and Win Doctor will not allow me to run them logged in as a user or as a Power User, and must be Admin.

    I do NOT use a Admin account as a standard, but a Power user. One should NOT be logged in as a Admin unless needed. This is where errors are made and systems are wipe out with the wrong "OK" after a caution message.

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    Re: Installing-'Administrator' vs. User w/Admin Rights

    Okay, on the off chance that I might log in as a different user in the future, I will install Office 2000 while logged in as Administrator. I suppose I then must log on as myself and import my saved office profile settings to personalize my e-mail, load my templates, etc. My IT guys tell me that these settings do not carry over to individual users when they install as Administrator.

    I happen to be in the Administrator's group for the network, and I know the Administrator password. Most users, however, will have no way to escalate their privileges from User to Power User to Administrator. And that is by design. It is disappointing to hear that some software is rendered dysfunctional by this scheme; I just have to hope it won't affect any software we really care about!

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    Re: Installing-'Administrator' vs. User w/Admin Rights

    I am speaking, based on my use of a Peer to Peer network. As for a "Domain" it works just like NT did. The Admin users have all of the rights needed.

    As for installing Office 2000, each account that uses the machine will be based on the user profile, i.e., their own My Documents, cookies, tempt files & etc. Remember that on Domain and roving profiles, the folders will follow the user as set up by the IT department.

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    Re: Installing-'Administrator' vs. User w/Admin Rights

    > I do NOT use a Admin account as a standard, but a Power user. One should NOT be logged in as a Admin
    > unless needed. This is where errors are made and systems are wipe out with the wrong "OK" after a
    > caution message.

    Interesting comment.

    I have found it to be a complete **** in the **** not being an adminstrator on the local machine, as every time that I've gone to upgrade IE / Office, etc, or simply just to add components to them, I've encountered problems if I haven't got admin rights. This is expecially true of IE, where it cheefully lets you sit through a MB or two of download before informing you that you don't have sufficient privileges to install.

    Is it the accepted wisdom that I should run as a power user and swap back and forth every time I want to upgrade something?

    Yours interestedly,

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    Re: Installing-'Administrator' vs. User w/Admin Rights

    <hr>Is it the accepted wisdom that I should run as a power user and swap back and forth every time I want to upgrade something?<hr>
    I feel that is a YES, and is how I do it. You will find that most books will tell you note to be looged in as the Admin as a general user.

    On some of the systems when I was working, the people that where "Admin" by default would go in and do a few fixes and test things out and they worked. But when a user would tried things after the fix, they were locked out, because they did NOT have Admin rights, which had been set by the user using his/her Admin account. NEVER do any user level work or testing using an Admin account.

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    Re: Installing-'Administrator' vs. User w/Admin Rights

    Wey-hey I'm a Power User,
    Power User's can't do no monkeying around,
    Cos we're too busy not having privileges
    To bring the whole system down...


    Or something like that, anyway <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/bow.gif border=0 alt=bow width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Installing-'Administrator' vs. User w/Admin Rights

    On W2k you have another option to logging out then back in as admin.

    Try this on any account but admin:
    click the program you wish to run
    now shift right click the icon
    click run as
    you should see that the admin account is defaulted there, just type in the password for that account and your IE upgrade will run with admin priviledges.

    Cool, huh?

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