November 2nd, 2004, 04:00 AM
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.
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BS, my 13 year old cousin has no problem running on a Limited account and she is no "Window IT Pro". like yourself.
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.
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.
I'm sorry but like "most" of your paper is seriously flawed to the core.
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.
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
Only serious gamers should consider this option.
"(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.
Perhaps our cultured community here at AO is about to put the heat on your misinformation!
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.
November 2nd, 2004, 08:20 AM
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
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