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    Power User (XP Pro)

    Hi everyone,
    My computer is set up with the Administrator account that is provided and three limited user accounts. I normally use the LU account but have to switch to Administrator to download and install programs. As a LU, I often receive a message telling me that my level of administrative privileges is insufficient. I know not to run the computer on a daily basis from the administrator account for security reasons but switching back and forth is inconvenient.
    I have been looking for information on exactly what permissions come with changing to a power user but was unable to find anything.
    Someone suggested the MMC but it's a little intimidating!
    Thanks for your time.

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    Re: Power User (XP Pro)

    Hi Cherie, It's me again.
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    I know not to run the computer on a daily basis from the administrator account for security reasons.
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    Who told you this? When you are logged on as admin, why should there be a security risk? Are there other users that you want to limit? Do you leave your machine unattended for any length of time? I just don't see why you as the admin have to log on as a LU. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Power User (XP Pro)

    Yes and you can also set a regular account up to have access to operations such as downloading programs and wide variety of other things. I very seldom log in as an Administrator. I have given that account Administrator privaleges.

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    Re: Power User (XP Pro)

    Hi Bob,
    The screen shot comes from the XP Help and Support Center. I have also read this in a couple of different places on the web. My computer has a 24/7 cable connection to the Internet with a bridge/router to connect X -Box to the internet. I was told that the router provides firewall protection and I am running Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2002 (which is automatically updated) which also has firewall protection.
    The other users do not necessarily need to be limited but the less trouble they can get into the better (I get into enough trouble for all of us <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> )
    I do not like the restrictions of a LU but I do not want to take unnecessary risks (if indeed that is what running as administrator actually is.)
    I appreciate your input as always!

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    Re: Power User (XP Pro)

    Hi Cowboy,
    I added an additional account with Administrative privliges awhile back but what concerned me was that I didn't know if the admin privileges I assigned that account were the same as the privileges of the main system's administrator account; wouldn't the security risk then be the same?
    With XP there is lots to learn!

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    Re: Power User (XP Pro)

    If you don't have a good AV your at risk anytime your on the Internet. But I can't see how it would be any more risky protected with An AV as a Administator then it would be protected as a Limited User. To me, if your on the Internet, your Computer is always at risk of attack no matter how your logged in. Thats the purpose of a good Antivirus Program. I have always used a User Account with Administrator Privileges { With A very Good AV Program And Firewall } and have yet to have any problems. It doesn't make much sense to have such a great OS as WINXP if you can't take advantage of it's full potential.

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    Re: Power User (XP Pro)

    Hi Cherie,
    Well, you may get other opinions on this, but I think you have a good deal of protection between you and the "world" now. I assume that the Norton prog is a firewall? (not familiar with it), So along with the router and AV you put up a decent front of protection, I think.
    I would read the MS blurb as referring to a "naked" (excuse the term) unprotected system. I run a DSL line as admin (with AV and firewall, no router) without any qualms at all. Your choice, but going on as a LU for that reason, seems extreme.

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    Re: Power User (XP Pro)

    Hi Bob & Cowboy,
    I see both of your points and I agree. My computer does have AV, Norton Firewall and a router; I should be fine. There is no reason I know of to impair the functionality of XP by always running as a limited user.
    Hearing another point of view helped. Thanks. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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    Re: Power User (XP Pro)

    Hi Cherie. Just enjoy your system and use your AV & Firewall. The real truth is,if an Expert Hacker wants in, and he's persistant enough, he is going to get in no matter what you are I do. Ask the Military and the Banks. Chances are, we { the home user } very seldom draw the attention of a Hacker good enough to get past our Firewalls. Good Hackers can break our cheep Firewalls like it was kid stuff. Thats why the big boys pay Thousands of Dollars for Security Systems and Firewalls. You might say we are just not a big enough game for them to mess with. I couldn't hack my wifes computer and it's networked to mine <img src=/S/drop.gif border=0 alt=drop width=23 height=23> But I know a few that would make your hair stand on end, and they could care less about home Users. No Sport in it. <img src=/S/broke.gif border=0 alt=broke width=31 height=23>

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