1.    27 Aug 2016 #1
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    Names of accounts


    Only user of computer so I am Local Account Administrator. Do I just create another account to set my account to Standard?

    Can I use same names for the Standard and Administrator accounts?
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  2.    27 Aug 2016 #2
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    Hello lowdown,

    You would want to always have one administrator account enabled on the PC. Otherwise, you will not be able to do anything that requires being an administrator or elevated rights.

    User accounts cannot have the same name, they must be different.

    You could create another administrator account, sign in to it, change your account to be a standard user, then sign out of the new account.
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  3.    28 Aug 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello lowdown,

    You would want to always have one administrator account enabled on the PC. Otherwise, you will not be able to do anything that requires being an administrator or elevated rights.

    User accounts cannot have the same name, they must be different.

    You could create another administrator account, sign in to it, change your account to be a standard user, then sign out of the new . account.
    1. Create new account.
    2. By default it will be administrator account. *
    3. Assume this automatically is administrator account.
    4. Change current local administrator account to standard.
    5. Sign out of newly created account.
    6. Security-wise my original administrator account cannot be accessed.
    7. I use its password if I temporarily need administrator privileges.

    * I am current local account administrator, so newly created account will also be an administrator account?
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  4.    28 Aug 2016 #4
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    New accounts will be a standard user by default.

    1. You'll need to make the new account an administrator first.
    2. Sign in to new account.
    3. Change your current local administrator account to be a standard user.
    4. Sign out of new account.
    5. Sign in to your current local account. Now a standard user.
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  5.    29 Aug 2016 #5
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    lowdown and Brink,

    I think my question is related enough that it's not rude to jump into this thread... Perhaps lowdown has, like I have, used my Admin account to set up the PC (install programs, port my files from the old PC, set it to my preferences (no Cortana, hover-to-select/single-click-to-open, task bar and live-tiles customized, and a lot of security settings changed)). Now that all these changes have been made, some of which might have been difficult or unavailable in a Standard account, I'm ready to settle into daily use of the PC. Almost all articles say daily use should be done in a Standard account so I made a local one via Settings/Accounts/Family & Other People/Add Someone Else to This PC/I don't have this person's sign-in info etc.

    A quick look at the new Standard account shows at least some of my customizations did not carry overy... Cortana is on; single-click/double-click is required to select/open; and my taskbar and live tile arrangements are back to default. And my files are not available (though I'm guessing this could be fixed by sharing). So I'm assuming many of my other changes (including security tweaks) are off in the new Standard account too. If I make a new Admin account (or I switch my Standard to Admin) then switch my original Admin account to Standard accounts as suggested above, then my daily use (Standard) account will be set up as I like it but the new Admin account won't be. I'd prefer the new Admin account to be set up just like the Standard account. I thought seeing the Admin account is the Master account that it would act as a template, new Standard accounts would be like it, then those new Standard accounts could be locked down further than just not having Admin rights if required. Is there no way to make a new Standard account just like the Admin account but without the Admin rights (basically clone it but without doing making all the changes manually or doing something like Audit Mode/Sysprep which seems like it might do this but, even if it does, is way beyond me)??? Thanks.
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  6.    31 Aug 2016 #6
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    I am in about the same situation in figuring things out
    I'm recovering from a stroke and things that are written or in the books just not like rules.
    Have an administrator's account but don't use it.
    Make another account and set it to Administrator and make your current administrator a standard account.
    Use standard account but some information or folders are not like like the original administrator account so I even have to re-install some of of my software.
    Are we supposed to keep jumping back and forth in the accounts so original account is standard and other account is administrator.
    In users account it just shows local administrator accounts Where is my real administrator account?
    Confused I am but BBrink has been just great in putting up with me.
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  7.    31 Aug 2016 #7
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    lowdown,

    Unless you really need to have the extra security of using a standard user account, I would just use a normal administrator account for everyday usage.
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