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Thread: The Limitations of Limited User

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    The Limitations of Limited User

    One of the major benefits from the (SUE) single user line to the NT line was the Limited account. Seperation of operators and administrators and here this bumbling idiot is discouraging people from using it.


    By:Paul Thurrott
    Paul Thurrott is the news editor for Windows IT Pro. He writes a weekly editorial for Windows IT Pro UPDATE
    The Limitations of Limited User

    Last week, I discussed my adventures with using a nonmanaged XP
    Limited user account and the difficulties I've had getting things to
    work. My general feeling at this point is that using a Limited user
    account is viable only for the types of highly technical people who
    read Windows & .NET Magazine UPDATE; it's not acceptable for most home
    users. And frankly, home users are the very people for whom this kind
    of account could be the most beneficial.
    BS, my 13 year old cousin has no problem running on a Limited account and she is no "Window IT Pro". like yourself.

    There are huge gaps in
    functionality that typical users just can't get around. Perhaps the
    most egregious is from Microsoft, believe it or not. The company's
    otherwise excellent home-oriented Media Center software (part of XP
    Media Center Edition--MCE), for example, can't run under a Limited
    user account. And even if you use Run As to run Media Center, certain
    functionality won't work,
    including the software that updates the
    Media Guide information. For shame.

    For those users interested in pursuing the Limited user option, I did
    receive a lot of helpful and much appreciated advice from readers.
    Some readers suggested completing all necessary software applications
    before reverting to a Limited account, which probably would work.
    Otherwise, you'll need to manually copy all applicable program
    shortcuts into the Limited user account's Start Menu.

    Most games don't work properly with a Limited user account[/b], so you
    might consider using a Power User or Administrator-type account for
    gaming only, which would require logging off (or switching users) to
    play games.
    Only serious gamers should consider this option.
    I'm sorry but like "most" of your paper is seriously flawed to the core.
    "(or switching users)" what the hell do you think you're doing when you run_ as a .exe as Admin on a limited account?
    It's real simple, find the .exe right- click Run_As type Admin Password and then the game runs properly.

    It's not that hard , my cousin who has Kirby and Mario as her boot & login screens plays SIMS about everyday she knows how to right click Run_As, so what is your problem? Not to mention she has never had a problem with that box I configured for her, it's been well over a year now.
    Several users mentioned a GUI administrative workaround that I have
    some misgivings about. Because IE is integrated with the OS, you can
    actually launch IE under administrative privileges, then navigate to
    shell locations such as Control Panel to perform tasks as an
    administrator. It's nice to have that workaround, but doesn't it point
    to yet another potential source of problems courtesy of IE?

    I'll report back in a few weeks about more of my experiences with the
    Limited account, but keep the advice coming: It's heartening to see
    I'm not alone in wanting this approach to work but feeling frustrated
    at its limitations (insert ironic remark here). Perhaps together we
    can put enough heat on Microsoft
    and third-party developers to make
    this solution satisfactory. Something tells me not to hold my breath.
    Perhaps our cultured community here at AO is about to put the heat on your misinformation!


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    A typical end user, logs on, opens a program, plays/does there work, then logs off again....

    anything, and i mean ANYthing remotely like administration (changing of settings, even 3rd party programs - which are stopped cause they affect sys files) should be denied to limited accounts. thats the whole point.

    it seems to me like he was using the limited account and blaming the OS for not letting it do administrative things.... then he gratifies a security flaw in IE????

    sorry but - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA..... dont give up your day job

    "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius --- and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
    - Albert Einstein

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