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Chapter 28. Managing Users > Removing Users from the Administrators Group

Removing Users from the Administrators Group

For reasons that I can't quite fathom, on Windows XP, Microsoft decided to make all local users members of the Administrators group by default. This may have been to reduce the number of support calls from people who said “My computer won't let me install this new hardware,”but I think it's a very bad idea to have users operate with Administrator privileges on a day-to-day-basis.

The Microsoft Users Accounts tool lets you assign users to either the Administrators group or the Users group, which has very restricted privileges. It also forces you to keep one regular user in the Administrators group, even though the Administrator account is still present (although usually hidden).


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