Windows 10: Local Admin Account vs standard Account

  1.    07 Nov 2017 #1

    Local Admin Account vs standard Account


    i have to ask this i am on Windows 10 Home build 16299.19 as i am currently terminating an old account and going to my most current account but i am concerned that the one i use to login into my current PC might be lost and i do wonder if the admin account i use for this HP 550-a14 PC might be gone but not sure.
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  2.    07 Nov 2017 #2

    msdragonfan said: View Post
    i have to ask this i am on Windows 10 Home build 16299.19 as i am currently terminating an old account and going to my most current account but i am concerned that the one i use to login into my current PC might be lost and i do wonder if the admin account i use for this HP 550-a14 PC might be gone but not sure.
    Goto Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\User Accounts\Manage Accounts which will tell you the status of all accounts.

    Generally for security you should be using a User Account for general PC use, web surfing etc. Use the Admin Account for maintaining your PC. I also create a second Admin account on all my PCs to use as a backup in case the main Admin account becomes corrupted.
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  3.    07 Nov 2017 #3

    i went to user accounts and found only 1 account but on outlook.com i had 2 different accounts 1 was from around last year or so the one i am logged into Windows 10 is my most current one as i am not for sure why i had 2 outlook.com accounts so i got rid of 1 of them
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  4.    07 Nov 2017 #4

    msdragonfan said: View Post
    i went to user accounts and found only 1 account but on outlook.com i had 2 different accounts 1 was from around last year or so the one i am logged into Windows 10 is my most current one as i am not for sure why i had 2 outlook.com accounts so i got rid of 1 of them
    I hope the one account on your PC is an Admin account? I would create another User account for general PC use and reserve the Admin account for PC maintenance.
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  5.    07 Nov 2017 #5

    The first account you create, during setup of Windows 10, is a member of the "Administrators Group" by default. It is not "The Administrator" though, it is still subject to User Account control Etc. That's for protection from malware etc. Clicking "Run as Administrator" elevates it to the full administrator. That's what you want, and is fine for most people. Any subsequent account created can be an Administrator or Standard User. This has nothing to do with Outlook.com. It's local privileges/permissions. An account setup as Standard user will be prompted for an Administrator Password if they click "Run as Administrator". If the only account setup on that PC is a Standard User (because you deleted the other Admin users) you won't be able to do much. Run as admin won't work as you won't have any valid password to enter. The built in system administrator account is hidden and disabled by default.

    I Have tried in the past running with just a Standard user Account. For me, It got old very quickly having to actually type the password in for the other (admin) account every time you have to use "Run as Administrator'.
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  6.    07 Nov 2017 #6

    i do know on how to Run As Admin in programs which i know on how to do as the other account i mentioned was kind of sort of a doppelganger but mostly an account i didn't use as much
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  7.    07 Nov 2017 #7

    Yeah, I did ramble on a bit. I just didn't want you changing your only account to standard user. That would be bad as you can't switch it back after. Only a member of the admin group can elevate an account to admin.

    As far as the outlook.com accounts go, as far as I know anyway, you could have used either to log into Windows. You must have setup a second one at some point accidentally on purpose or something.
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  8.    07 Nov 2017 #8

    to be truthfully honest i think the 2nd account in outlook.com as kind of a mistake for me to do
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