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After a week or so of Vista Forum membership, I have realized I know so little computing but am enabled with so much power to.. RUIN my PC. Yep, I confess I am a click trigger happy sort.

So, I activated the built in Administrator and made myself STANDARD account user. And right away I am confronted with issues I am clueless on:

Apparently if I create a password for built in Administrator, she (I always thought she is a lady, dunno exactly why) will lose EFS-encrypted files, personal certificates and stored passwords for Web sites or network resources.

Do I want to so divest her or ask to make a password reset floppy disk? Either way, I am clueless. And what are all those I typed in BOLD?

Help!
 
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SCSIraidGURU

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I would use a user account that stops you from doing stupid things. Only use the administrator to install new apps.
 

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Hi Michael,

I am trying to... but got stuck with these issues:

(1)will lose EFS-encrypted files, personal certificates and stored passwords for Web sites or network resources.
(2)or ask to make a password reset floppy disk

I dunno if it's good for built in adm to lose these stuffs or should I ask her to make a password reset floppy disk.

BTW, I am not sure if I have floppy disk system. I know my old pc's had.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion dv7-1170us
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 @ 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Compal
    Memory
    4.096
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    289.09 GB
    Mouse
    Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad
    Keyboard
    IBM enhanced (101-or 102) keyboard
    Internet Speed
    cable Wireless
OK, I just solved the problem by creating password as built in Adm, then changed my account to standard and activated UAC. I can always modify if necessary as I understand better those issues.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion dv7-1170us
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 @ 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Compal
    Memory
    4.096
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    289.09 GB
    Mouse
    Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad
    Keyboard
    IBM enhanced (101-or 102) keyboard
    Internet Speed
    cable Wireless
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