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What's the difference between an Administrator account and elevated privileges? What types of things Admin account grants and where do you need elevated privileges? (i.e. run as administrator)

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An Administrator account has the ability to "run as administrator", but no special privileges beyond that (assuming UAC is turned on). If you're running a non-administrator account, then you must provide the credentials to an Administrator account if you want to "run as administrator".

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So basically standard user account is no more safe than administrator account? (with UAC turned on) – Juha Nov 25 '10 at 23:34
    
Well the standard account needs a password to make changes, external programs shouldn't be able to get a elevation token by themselves regardless, it is more about "who do you trust to make changes to your computer". – Resorath Nov 25 '10 at 23:45

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