Whether you use Windows or Linux, each provides for the
creation of users with different security privileges. That is,
the ability to execute certain functions. In Windows, the
highest level is Administrator and in Linux it’s called root.
For the purposes of this post, I’ll concentrate on Windows for
reasons I’ll reveal in a moment (Oooh, the suspense. Can I
possibly stand it? – ed).
However, these accounts are not intended to be used on a
day-in-day-out basis. Rather, the accounts are used only to
accomplish specific tasks (such as installing or configuring
software) and very little else. This is to reduce the risk of
causing inadvertent deterioration of system functions (who came
up with that one? – ed.).
In other words, you reduce the probability of screwing up
your PC. For instance, by not allowing a virus or Trojan horse
program the ability to install themselves. Or by not deleting
the database program that holds all the information for
the share holders meeting in an hour.
If it’s such a great idea, then why don’t more people
operate this way? Because, in Windows anyway, it’s a pain in
the okole. You have to logout and then log back in.
This is not a trivial exercise and takes time.
But, there is another way. You could install a utility
MakeMeAdmin from Aaron Margosis.
When you run it, you get a Command Prompt running under
your normal user account, but in a new logon session in which
it is a member of the Administrators group. This Command
Prompt and any programs started from it use your regular
profile, authenticate as you on the network, but have full
local admin privileges. All other programs continue to run
with your regular, unprivileged account.
It’s almost like using the GNU/Linux SU command to create a shell and then
logging in as root. Now, I don’t know if MakeMeAdmin is
intended for your Aunt Minnie, but maybe some of the 11 people
who regularly read this site may have a use for it. Or not.
YMMV. Use at your own risk. Insert disclaimer here. Props to Aaron.
Have a Great Weekend, Everyone –