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Pressing_on

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I know this is probably a simple question, but I cannot find anything on it using the search function.

I've never used any win operating system above Win 98. My new computer arrives with win XP pro installed on it next week. I've been doing a lot of research and I'm a little confused with the administrator function.

I've learned that I should rename and password the administrator account, and since I'm the only one using the computer, I should disable the guest account.

My question is:

As the sole user of the my new computer, should I log on using the renamed Administrator account for everyday use of my computer, or should I leave the Administrator account alone after renaming it, and open up a new account giving myself administrator rights, and use that new account for everyday use?

If you have the time, please explain the reasoning behind all of this. Thanks!

God Bless,
David
 

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First off, I disagree with the advice of renaming the admin account. You should put a password that you won't forget on it, and then create an account for your use. I like to have at least two accounts with admin rights on a 2K/XP box, in case of a problem with one account.

In truth, for the average user, running with your own account with admin rights probably isn't much of an issue, and it does make things easier.
 

Pressing_on

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Thanks John.

If you have the time, I would appreciate an explanation on why you disagree with the idea of renaming the amin account. I really don't understand how it contributes to enhanced security, but I read renaming the admin account does.

And anyone else who is a sole user of your computer, I would be interested in knowing how and why you have your admin/user accounts setup. Thanks again.

God Bless,
David
 

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If you have a secure password on the admin account, I can't see how it increases security. I know that in the corporate world, I have never seen the admin account renamed, even in security conscious companies. I think any "enhanced" security with the name is only in the person's mind. :) I simply put my obscure "admin" password on the account, and then make myself my own account for my use.
 
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I usually set up two as well, both with admin priveledges so I have to agree with Johnwill. If you ever have a problem with an admin account you will have a time to repair your system. By doing it with two admin accounts and using a personalized one if you ever damaged it you could repair with the "Administrator account" which can also be passworded.
 
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