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    I have two User Profiles stored on my computer.

    1. Duchess/Administrator 3.67MB Type: Local Status:: Local Modified: 11/20/2009

    2. Duchess/Owner 585MB Type: Local Status: Local Modified: 3/16/2010

    I remember reading somewhere that it was best not to use Administrator for security reasons. When I highlight Admin. the delete button becomes visible, but disappears when I highlight Owner. I've searched Google and this topic with nothing found that addresses my question.

    I need an opinion re: removing the profile for Admin.or should I just leave what's working alone. Owner is much larger and modified more recently, this seems the one to be used, but what do I know (that's why I'm posting).

    I know I will receive the correct information, and I thank one and all in advance.

    Gloria
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    Leave Administrator alone. That is the profile used if you login as Administrator. You may need to do that sometime if your other profile becomes corrupted.

    The "Owner" is the profile used when you boot the system normally. Some OEM vendors create the Owner profile before they ship the machine. Unless you've created another userid to login with leave it alone.

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    Actually deleting the Administrator profile won't matter. It will just re-create a new profile the next time you use it. There is nothing special about the profile itself, only the privileges attached to the Admin user account. If the "Owner" profile has administrative privileges, it doesn't matter what profile you log in with. You're just as vulnerable. Ideally, yes, you create a separate account with limited privileges and use that one all the time. However, if this is a personal machine, XP is too much of a pain to work in without Admin privileges. I guess what I'm saying is that its not practical to use a limited account on a personal (home) machine.
    Chuck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck De La Rosa View Post
    Actually deleting the Administrator profile won't matter. It will just re-create a new profile the next time you use it. There is nothing special about the profile itself, only the privileges attached to the Admin user account. If the "Owner" profile has administrative privileges, it doesn't matter what profile you log in with. You're just as vulnerable. Ideally, yes, you create a separate account with limited privileges and use that one all the time. However, if this is a personal machine, XP is too much of a pain to work in without Admin privileges. I guess what I'm saying is that its not practical to use a limited account on a personal (home) machine.
    Thanks Chuck, this is a one user machine (me only). XP is sometimes difficult to work with, but I like it better than any other OS on the market today and that includes Windows 7. I will leave both accounts untouched.

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