Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/142434/htg-explains-why-every-user-on-your-computer-should-have-their-own-user-account/
Multiple user accounts were once impractical to use on Windows, but they aren’t anymore. If multiple people use your computer – particularly children or guests – you should give each person a separate user account.
I think the reason why more people don't setup their own accounts on Windows... is because they just don't know how it all works. They get their computer, probably set it to login automatically, and they never think about it again.
I almost always have a secondary user account on my computer, so whenever my son wants to look something up on my computer, he can do so without accidentally closing one of my applications... which I leave open all the time.
The best thing about setting up a separate account is that you can use a regular account without admin privileges, so you don't have to worry about them breaking something.
For kids, Windows has wonderful family safety controls as well. It's just surprising more people don't use them.
The reason most people don't use the family safety contols is the same as why they don't use multiple user accounts; they don't know how it all works. Heck, I don't (but, then again, I'm the only one who uses my computers so why bother to learn?)
I agree with that last statement. Most people nowadays have their own personal computer, so they wouldn't need or have the aspiration to learn how user accounts work. When I got my own laptop for college I was hungry for knowledge about computers. I wanted to learn every trick out there on how to do anything and everything with a computer. I don't share my computer but I understand how to use multiple accounts. But I guess I am not like most people. Most people see computers just as a tool to get a job done and they wouldn't want to go the extra mile after finishing a job, since there are other things they would rather learn to. Computers are highly integrated with everyday life now, so I find it very much worth my time to learn everything I can about a tool I use everyday.
Unfortunately, a lot of software-developers still 'expect' users to have local admin rights. Which can be quite frustrating. I have tried to work with several user account for a while (local admin, used only for admin purposes, a user for day to day work) but after a few days of switching users and losing my digital tax-forms (which were stored in the homedir of the admin and not in the homedir of the user) i gave myself the local admin rights back.
the other hand, my girlfriend's PC (who doesn't read this forum, so i can dare say this...) has never been so free of spyware after i degraded her account from local admin to a user account (although she misses her bonzi-buddy and the free emoticons every now and then... )
In my view, family safety controls and other monitoring software only provide a false sense of security to parents. OK, some sites are blocked, but that doesn't mean that for instance, bullying through social media (or IM) is blocked. The only way to make sure that your child isn't confronted with unwanted sites or unwanted conversations on social media is being around when your kid uses the internet.
And.. as long as parents are OK with their 9 year old playing Call of Duty, they shouldn't moan when their kid sees the latest dress malfunction of a Hollywood starlet on the internet....
Sir, When you install, for eg microsoft office by using administrator account, and in that if you choose, to add in some programs it works for the admin. But for some users of the computer, this does not work why? Every user may have his set of own folders and separate files, . Why some features, that are to be accessed by all users, do not allow or show error messages , when logged in user account
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