Best practice for using Windows XP Pro as a single user at home with DSL
Posted on 2004-03-25
I recently formatted my computer and installed Windows XP Pro. I'm the only one using it at home. It defaults to the out-of-the-box Administrator account, which is fine. However, my question is, should I be using this account? I already went ahead and installed all my programs using that account, even my Pocket PC.
Then I decide to create just a regular user account, and when I did, it creates another Administrator account, no choice. So, what's the deal? Now when I log in, it logs me automatically into the "new" administrator account. When I do GPEDIT.MSC, it shows 2 Administrator accounts.
I just don't quite get how the My Documents and Settings folder and the policy structure is. Basically I am just a single user at home that happened to have XP pro when I bought the machine and I don't want to drill and drill down the folders till I get to where everything defaults to My Documents.
And basically, it's also a security issue i.e. hackers, viruses etc.... I've heard so many opinions from co-workers and stuff, but I really don't think they know what they are talking about (and these are IS people!!) How safe is it to use the out of the box Administrator account as the everyday user account? Should I even have created a new user that got me the other administrator account? What are the best practices?
Should all programs be installed using the hidden administrator account or the created administrator account? Should I do everyday work in an administrator account, and if so, which? If I created another user and called it "Kenny" as a Power User, isn't that like administrator privilidge? Then regular User account would be too limited. I just want to do everything up front so that when I log in, it will just be me and I don't have to go finding profiles of software that were installed in different accounts etc...... for example my pocket pc.
I'm so confused..... please help.