> If it's not already obvious, I'm a brand new user of a Vista computer.
> I've used XP Home for years.
> My XP computer's "Documents and Settings" folders lists the following
> All Users
> Compaq Owner
> Default User
> Network Service
> When I right click any XP folder, there are no screens for setting up
> OK - Here's what I'd like:
> To change my Vista setup so there is just one and only one user with
> permissions. In other words, bypass all the security settings which may
> be appropriate for a machine in a larger network.
> Is there a simple way to accomplish this?
I'm coming late to your thread, but there are a few things you should know.
1. There is no such real "place" as Documents and Settings in Vista. If
you're trying to access a "folder" under that hierarchy, that is why you
can't do it. The whole Documents and Settings thing as well as all the "My"
folders - My Documents, My Computer, etc. - are only virtual locations
called "junctions". They are only for backwards compatibility with older
software that expects those directories to exist. They point to the real
directories such as C:\Users\your-username\Documents, etc. You may have
already known this but I mention it just to be thorough. I'm certainly not
trying to disparage your mad skilz. :-)
2. As for setting up user accounts correctly, having only one and that one
being an administrator is not the best situation. You should also run as a
Standard user for your daily work, not as an administrator. This was true
even in XP although from a practical standpoint, administrator user
accounts worked better because of the need to run older software that
didn't understand permissions. I'll give you the user account setup I use
and the explanation below. If you don't want to follow it, that's your
choice of course.
You absolutely do not want to have only one user account. Like XP and all
other modern operating systems, Vista is a multi-user operating system with
built-in system accounts such as Administrator, Default, All Users, and
Guest. These accounts should be left alone as they are part of the
operating system structure.
You particularly don't want only one user account with administrative
privileges on Vista because the built-in Administrator account (normally
only used in emergencies) is disabled by default. If you're running as
Administrator for your daily work and that account gets corrupted, things
will be Difficult. It isn't impossible to activate the built-in
Administrator to rescue things, but it will require third-party tools and
working outside the operating system.
The user account that is for your daily work should be a Standard user, with
the extra administrative user (call it something like "CompAdmin" or "Tech"
or the like) only there for elevation purposes. After you create
"CompAdmin", log into it and change your regular user account to Standard.
Then log back into your regular account.
If you want to go directly to the Desktop and skip the Welcome Screen with
the icons of user accounts, you can do this:
Start Orb>Search box>type: netplwiz [enter]
Click on Continue (or supply an administrator's password) when prompted by
Uncheck the option "Users must enter a user name and password to use this
computer". Select a user account to automatically log on by clicking on the
desired account to highlight it and then hit OK. Enter the correct password
for that user account (if there is one) when prompted. Leave it blank if
there is no password (null).
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