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Change my Microsoft login account from admin to standard?


Jezo

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I always liked using a non admin account to (help a little bit) protect against spyware and Trojans and all of that. Now that I have W8 and linked to my Microsoft account I was going to do the same thing but it is not letting me.
W8 was installed and when I logged in for the first time using my MS account it set me up as an admin. I created a second local account that was an admin and used that one to try to set the MS account to a standard but it didn't let me.
Is doing this possible and should I even bother?
 

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Hello Jezo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Odd, it let me change by default administrator account created during installation to standard after creating another local administrator account, sign in and out of local to finish setting it up, then sign back in to the administrator account to change the types.

Double check to make sure that the new local account is actually an administrator type. By default, when you add a new account in Windows 8, it's created as a standard account.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5518-user-account-type-change-windows-8-a.html


If it just won't let you, then I suppose that you could do this below as a workaround.




Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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Jezo

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Hello Jezo, and welcome to Eight Forums.
Having the idea of doing eightforums just like sevenforums was pretty smart, I replaced the seven with eight to see if it would and here I was.

Odd, it let me change by default administrator account created during installation to standard after creating another local administrator account, sign in and out of local to finish setting it up, then sign back in to the administrator account to change the types.
Shawn
Maybe it is because the original account was left as a Microsoft account? The steps I took were to install Windows, set up my usual Live account as the default login, then go and create a new local account as an administer by making sure the admin button was checked. I left the original as a live account and never switched it.

Can a standard account be a Microsoft account and have the ability to install apps through a permission prompt or if I go the route of a standard account will I have to be switching back and forth between my logins to get anything done? If a standard account can get elevated permissions when needed to install or make system settings based on a password prompt it will be okay but if I need to always log out and back in as an admin to get anything done it will be a pain.
 

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Yes. A local account and Microsoft account can be either a standard or administrator type of an account. :)

The rights of standard user and administrator types are the same as in previous versions of Windows.

A standard user can do elevated tasks, but will be prompted by UAC to enter an administrator's password first to allow it. If UAC is turned off, then the standard user will just be denied instead of being prompted by UAC.
 

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    64-bit Windows 10
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
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    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone