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By default the Admin account is disabled on Vista.  The reason - this is more secure.  My Vista laptop will sometimes take my password, flash a bunch of times, claim my id/pwd were invalid, and then totally lock out my account.  This is even more secure (now no one can use the damn thing).

So, before this bites you, make sure you have another account with administrator privileges on your box so you can unlock that other id.

Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 11:39 AM Vista | Back to top


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While you're at it, take yourself out of the Administrators group. Change UAC to Local Security Policy|Security Options to no longer prompt for elevation for standard users (there is already no prompts for the Adinistrator account). Bingo, you are setup correctly - as good as the old NT4.0 days. Log in as administrator to perform admin tasks, log in as yourself for everyday work. Get rid of any anti-virus software (no longer needed) and other crapware (anything from Symantec). Learn how to use RunAs for quick little tasks.
Left by JoeB on Apr 30, 2008 5:36 AM

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