I've also set my admin account to be a local rather than Microsoft account.
You can run many admin tasks from a standard account but you will get an UAC prompt for the admin password.
Can I change the UAC settings to allow admin access without a password? I currently have the UAC slider on maximum.
My initial thinking in that a lot of apps needed admin rights to run may have been a bit hasty as I'm finding I can do most things normally without it...
So in essence changing to or running a standard user account is purely a permission based thing and doesn't affect system configurations or personal files?
If I open Event Viewer in my converted admin to standard account should everything still be logged the same?
Are there administrative tasks that shouldn't been done in the standard user account? Are most of the Windows administrative tools safe to use?
Is there any good reading around that explains how to work from a standard user account while also being the administrator?
Switching to a limited user account does not affect any user files.
Event Viewer may not show everything, and if it doesn't, just right-click it and select run as administrator from a standard user account. I just opened it from a standard account, and it appeared to show everything fine.
Just use the standard account normally. Everything should be fine. If you find you can't do something, the UAC will prompt for the admin password. It's really easy.
There seems to be some debate as to whether your actually running as a standard user in an admin account with UAC enabled. Any opinions or able to clarify?