Windows User Accounts, Types and how to manage

What is a user accounts in Windows-A user account is a collection of information or a number instructions stored in the computer which tells Windows which files and folders a user can access, what type of changes he can make to the computer, and his personal preferences, like as your desktop personalization or screen saver settings. User accounts let you share a computer with several people, while having your own files and settings. Each person accesses his or her user account with a user name and password.
There are three types of accounts categorized on different level of control he has over the computer:


(1)   Standard accounts are for everyday computing.
(2)  Administrator accounts provide the total control over a computer including removal of users, and should only be used when necessary.
(3)   Guest accounts are intended primarily for people who need temporary use of a computer.

What is a standard user account in Windows

A standard user account lets a person use most of the capabilities of the computer, but permission from an administrator is required if he want to make changes that affecting other users or the security of the computer. When you use a standard account, you can use most programs that are installed on the computer, but you can't install or uninstall software and hardware, delete files that are required for the computer to work, or change settings on the computer that affect other users. If you're using a standard account, some programs might require you to provide an administrator password before you can perform certain tasks.

What is an administrator account in Windows

An administrator account is also a user account but lets you make any type of changes affecting other users. Administrators can change security settings, install software and hardware, and access all files on the computer. Administrators can also make changes to other user accounts.
When you set up Windows, you'll be required to create a user account. This account is an administrator account that allows you to set up your computer and install any programs that you would like to use. Once you have finished setting up your computer, you must use a standard user account for your day-to-day computing. It's more secure to use a standard user account instead of an administrator account.

Why use a standard user account instead of an administrator account

The standard account can help protect your computer by preventing users from making changes that affect everyone who uses the computer, such as deleting files that are required for the computer to work. Always create a standard account for each user.
When you are logged on to Windows with a standard account, you can do almost anything that you can do with an administrator account, except something that affects other users of the computer, such as installing software or changing security settings, Windows might ask you to provide a password for an administrator account.


1 comment:

  1. Bajrang Lal Choudhary14 August 2014 at 01:19

    It will always be the best practice to work using a standard user account instead of the asministrators account for security reasons.