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    admin vs user pros/cons

    Windows 2000 Professional -- For a standalone laptop is it OK to ignore setting up a user? From reading posts there seems at times difficulty in using applications as an user. On the other hand, there seems to be an issue by using the administrator and logging onto the internet the possibility of a trojan horse. Even if the virus defintions are kept up to date?
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    Re: admin vs user pros/cons

    Microsoft seems to be suggesting that you normally log in as User, but if you need to install/run a legacy application that doesn't behave, you log out and log in as Power User. This seems enormously inconvenient, but as a Windows 98 user, I guess I'm spoiled by a lackadaisacal security model. One difference, I can't administer all our servers from Windows 98, and I could from 2000. In your case, perhaps the vulnerability isn't any worse than being back on Win9x?

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    Re: admin vs user pros/cons

    logging in and out of win2k takes just seconds, unlike logging on and off win98 to change user profiles.

    i set up my user acct at home to be power user so i can do most things from my log on. when installing, i'm asked for the admin password so i can install software without logging off and back on.

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    Re: admin vs user pros/cons

    This isn't so much of a problem in Win2k. Look in Windows Help for "Run As". If you have any applications that need admin rights, you just set up a shortcut icon using a user login with appropriate permissions. You most likely can get by with one user account and the admin account.

    This way there is no logging out. <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23>

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