Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 14:41 UTC
Windows As geeks, we're well aware of the importance of running as a normal user instead of as root (UNIX/Linux/BSD) or administrator (Windows). However, while this should be common knowledge to anyone reading OSNews, it's often hard to illustrate just how important it is - until now, that is. A report by BeyondTrust looked at how many security bulletins issused by Microsoft are mitigated by simply... Not running as administrator.
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nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

You can run as admin inside Windows 7's XP mode if that helps at all. It's just an integrated VM of XP.

Part of the problem is that MS wasn't doing much to encourage multi-user aware programs in the XP days. A big part of this had to do with the central registry system. The virtual registry in Vista/7 is a major improvement in this regard.

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bannor99 Member since:
2005-09-15

That's great if you can have enough horsepower to run the additional virtualized OS and if you can spare the disk space.
For most desktops, that's not an issue but the sales and project mgm't folks here prefer the really small laptop or near-netbook machines and those have some significant tradeoffs.

Better to run either BeyondTrust Privilege Manager or Avecto Privilege Guard if you have a domain.

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