Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Apr 2008 15:23 UTC
Windows Just about everyone using Windows XP runs the operating system as administrator - or root, if you come from a UNIX background. Such is the case because Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, figured it somehow made sense to give every user full access to the system, and to more or less completely ignore the intricate and advanced security systems in place in Windows NT and the NTFS file system. This kind of turned out to be a very bad idea, and allowed Microsoft and its 3rd party developers to become hopelessly sloppy; most Windows applications more or less assumed they were run by administrators. It also allowed malware full access to the system when executed. Cue User Account Control.
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RE: Speaking of sloppy...
by _txf_ on Sun 27th Apr 2008 20:17 UTC in reply to "Speaking of sloppy..."
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Whilst it is true that you could create user accounts and try and use your computer that way, as I recall (haven't used xp in a while) fine grained control over access rights was only found in professional version.

Strange how everybody used admin instead of user accounts ... oh yeah because it was default and most users are idiots when it comes to security so people just created admin accounts.

Those that tried with simple user accounts often found that they couldn't install programs so they just wouldn't bother with user accounts.

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