Windows 10 Administrator Changes


By default in Windows 7, users were allowed to have the role of an administrator on their computer. Due to the high security risk this poses to the University, user accounts in Windows 10 will be changed to standard user accounts. The information below explains what some of the differences will be between having an administrator account and a standard user account. 

What will I be able to do with a standard Windows account?

  • Perform the majority of your normal day to day tasks 
  • Install certain software that doesn't require a system-level change
  • Change your background
  • Change certain power settings
  • Remote into other computers that you have permission to remote into

What will I not be able to do with a standard Windows account?

  • Install certain software that requires a system-level change
  • Change settings that are already set by IT
  • Change network adapter settings
  • Change certain computer settings
  • Advance to any setting denoted with a shield symbol

What should I do if I am given an administrator prompt?

  • This change should not impact the majority of user experiences for day-to-day operations
  • A prompt should only appear when installing applications for the first time. 
    • Very few applications require a user to have administrator rights in order to run the particular application. If this an issue please call the IT Service Desk. 
  • Please call the IT Service Desk at 651.631.5699 or submit a ticket.

Why is IT removing administrator privileges?

It is a proven best security practice to remove administrator privileges from a standard user account. The biggest benefits of this change is that: 

  1. This will make it harder for malware, ransomware or viruses to infect your computer since they cannot run under an account that does not have administrator privileges. 
    1. Some of the most common ways that organizations have had big data breaches is from compromised computers or compromised employee login credentials. 
    2. See our Security section as well for additional information.
  2. It will prevent users from accidentally installing extra add-ons or applications that tend to slow down the computer or cause it to have conflicts.

Best Security Practices Sources: