Usually a personal account on a computer system that allows access to a system's (advanced) functions.

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How can I give my wife emergency access to logins, passwords, etc.?

I'm the digital guru in my household. My wife is good with email and forum websites, but she trusts me with all our important digital stuff — online banking and other things that require ...
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What is the “wheel” user in OS X?

I recently reinstalled iTunes and I noticed something peculiar. The "original" version of iTunes has a user in the permissions known as "wheel" that is set to "Read Only". I dragged this version of ...
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List Samba users?

So yesterday evening I was pulling my hair out (figuratively -- I'm bald) for over an hour trying to figure out why smbpasswd kept rejecting my attempts to reset the password for one of my Samba ...
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How do I create an administrator user on Ubuntu?

I want to create a user having sudo powers in Ubuntu. How can I do that?
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How do I start Chrome using a specified “user profile”?

I use the new built-in "Users" feature of Chrome to switch between Home/Work accounts easily. However, Chrome remembers the "last" user profile you had selected when launching new windows. This is a ...
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Why does Nvidia create UpdatusUser account and is this a security issue?

While doing a backup I have found out the existence of an account called UpdatusUser on my Windows 7 box. It doesn't appear in the account management section of the control panel. Searching on the ...
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How can I create a non-login user?

I'd like to create a user and a group both called subversion on a RHEL 5 system. I looked at the man page for useradd and I guess the command would be just be... useradd subversion However, not ...
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How do I list the groups that a UNIX user is a member of?

With pts m groupname I can list the users in a group. How can I do the opposite - that is, list all the groups that a user is a member of? (I need this to find the name of a group that I know a user ...
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What's difference between group admin and adm?

There's two similar groups in ubuntu: admin and adm, I found that /var/log/apache2 is in the adm group, and default sudoers includes admin group, what's difference between the two?
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Hide users from Mac OS X Snow Leopard logon screen

Somehow, I managed to set a passwd for my _postgres user on my OS instead of setting it on the postgres role I have as my superuser / root. Anyways since this, I've been struggling with that user ...
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List of Hidden / Virtual Windows User Accounts

I’m trying to find a way to get a comprehensive list of user accounts on a Windows 7 system, including hidden ones. The User Accounts dialog (>control userpasswords2) only shows the normal user ...
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How do I change a user name in Windows 7?

I have an install of Windows 7 that I've already put a few days into. Today I realized I've made a mistake in the username and it's driving me nuts (my personal OCD). While changing the physical ...
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Rename user's group name

I just did usermod -l login-name old-name to change the username, but the group name is still the old one. Any way of renaming the group name? I can't find any info to do so.
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“Run as” for a .bat file

I'd like to run a .bat file as a different user to troubleshoot a rights problem which I suspect. For normal .exe files, you can Shift-right-click to get "Run as...". However, for a .bat file, this ...
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List all members of a group (Mac OS X)

I've tried Googling but not getting anywhere. How can I list all the members of a group called mygroup from the command-line in OS X? $dscl . list /groups will get me all the groups...but how can i ...
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How to determine logged on user in Windows XP?

What's the easiest way to determine the logged on user in Windows XP (without loading any support tools)? I'm looking for something similar to the 'whoami' command but for Windows. I need something ...
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Skip “Sign in to your Microsoft account” (Windows 8.1 Setup) [duplicate]

I have an RT tablet and updated it to Windows 8.1. The update basically performs the new PC setup. I can't get past the "Sign into your Microsoft Account". Clicking "Next" does not allow me to ...
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What gets synced across computers using the same Windows Live ID?

When using the same Microsoft Account login on different Windows 8 machines, do any apps, settings or files get synced by default?
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Hide account from login screen but can be used in UAC

So I have a Windows 7 home machine with 2 user accounts. One is a standard user account and one is an administrator account. Now this is going to be put in the hands of a very low-tech user so I ...
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Moving users folder on Windows Vista to another partition - bad idea?

I am aware of two questions - one here and one on serverfault which ask HOW to do this. I even provided answers myself, having done it a few months back. But now I'm having second thoughts. My plan ...
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How to copy a windows 7 user profile when changing domains

I need to connect my machine to a new domain soon. When I do so a new user profile will be created and I would like to copy all the settings/data from the old profile to the new one. This is a local ...
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How can I create a new user account on Windows 8 associated with a Microsoft email account?

How can I create a new local user account on Windows 8 associated with a Microsoft email account (e.g. MicrosoftAccount\someone@live.com) programmatically, using PowerShell or another scripting ...
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A proper way to create non-interactive accounts?

In order to use password-protected file sharing in a basic home network I want to create a number of non-interactive user accounts on a Windows 8 Pro machine in addition to the existing set of ...
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Is it possible to alias a username on Linux?

I'm not sure if this has a practical application at all (aside from the fact that I am lazy. you know "christopher" has 11 characters, and I want to type 1), but is it possible to alias a username on ...
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Determine own domain group memberships XP Professional

This seems like it would be a simple question, but my Google skills have failed me. When logged into a domain (as a domain user without any admin rights), how can I determine what groups my user ...
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How to grant remote desktop right to a user in Windows Server 2008?

I create a user and add it to group Remote Desktop Users but I cannot still remote using mstsc. The error message said the user/group doesn't have the right to remote. My question is how can I grant ...
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How do I find out who is logged into Windows XP?

How do I find out which users are logged into a Windows XP machine? I'm looking for something like the Unix who command, or a screen that just gives me a list of users currently logged in.
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Log in with two accounts (e.g., in Gmail) in a single Firefox window

I have two Gmail accounts. I'd like to log in to both of them at the same time in a single Firefox window. How would I go about it? I know one suggestion is IETab, but that fix has too much of a ...
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mysql how to fix Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost'

Before I screw up something, when login using $ mysql -u root -p , and show databases, +--------------------+ | Database | +--------------------+ | information_schema | | mysql ...
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If I purposely lock myself into a Standard User account, am I going to cause problems for myself later?

I'm an intermediate to lower-advanced level user --- I work in IT, do a bit of programming, etc. One of the things I'm a real stickler for in programming is "best" practices, or going out of the way ...
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How to apply group policy settings to specific local accounts in Windows

I created a limited user account and want to restrict USB and CD drive access using group policy settings. Hence I want to use gpedit.msc to enforce restrictions on the limited account and disable ...
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How do I modify user groups in Windows 8?

I need to add myself to the TelnetClients group on Windows 8, I knew how to do this in Windows 7 and before that but I guess everything has changed. I have looked through all the account settings and ...
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What is Authenticated Users group in Windows 7?

I was running Windows 7 Ultimate (version 6.1.7600) and for some problem I cannot resolve, I had to reinstall it (I cannot rely on restore points). Now I've seen something that I didn't notice ever ...
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What is 'Run as Administrator' in Windows 7?

On my Windows 7 machine, I am an administrator. I see, when I right click an app, it has an option Run as Administrator. What does this mean? Also, if I am logged in as administrator, what ...
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Samba+Windows: Allow multiple connections by different users?

I have a machine running Ubuntu with Samba that I use to share stuff with my family's Windows machines in our local network. Currently they access a share for movies/music/etc with one user. I want ...
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Can two users simultaneously share one pc

It's easy to have multiple user accounts on one computer and even switch between accounts without logging off. It is also possible to have more than one display connected to a single computer. Is it ...
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Can I set my Windows to boot without stop on password verification even when having a password set?

Is there some way to configure Windows 7 to boot up without asking for a password (on password check phase) even if I have a password set on my account? What I wan't to do with it, is boot up ...
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Is there a usermod equivalent in terminal for OS X 10.6.1

Can anyone tell me how to modify a user and add them to a group in terminal on SL (10.6.1)? It seems that usermod is not used by Mac.
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Is it okay to use an administrator account for everyday use if UAC is on?

Since I switched to Windows 7 about 3 years ago, and now using Windows 8.1, I have become familiar with the concept of User Account Control and used my PC the following way: a standard account which I ...
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How can I access the System Account in Windows 7?

I have always wanted to have access to the system account in Windows 7 – on a test machine, not my regular use machine. In Windows XP it is easy, there are how-to's all over the internet. How can I ...
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Enable multiple users to install software using homebrew

I installed homebrew using my other user account (which I use during work), but it is impossible to install software from my newly created personal account: $ brew install unrar Error: Cannot write ...
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How to hide user account from Windows 7 welcome screen, without changing registry manually?

Can I hide user account from Windows 7 welcome screen, without changing registry manually and without disabling the account? I've done this once by following instructions on a website, now I cant ...
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Does the Microsoft Account get a local username

I just switched from a local account to a "Microsoft Account" and I'm wondering now which local username I have now? Do I still have my old local username? If not, i.e. for changing permissions of ...
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How do I find my user ID and group in Mac OS X?

Trying to run this compand in terminal: sudo chown -R yourid:yourgroup local However, I have no idea what my ID and my group are, or where to find them. Any ideas?
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linux: refreshing groups without having to re-login [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way in Linux to update the user/group properties without having to login again? How does one refresh the groups that a logged-in user is in without having to ...
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How to make ssh log in as the right user?

I use ssh on a variety of machines, mainly linux. Accounts on these machines vary in naming scheme: if my name is First Last, then I have accounts: first, flast, last_f, lastf, and sometimes I need to ...
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List of all users who committed to a SVN repository

For a given SVN repository I need to determine a list of all users who ever committed anything to that repository. This repository is not the only one on the SVN server, but the list should be ...
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Running Apache as a different user

When I run the ps -efH command to list out all the process, I can see Apache running as root and seems to have sub-processes running as www-data. Here's the excerpt: root 30117 1 0 09:10 ? ...
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Why is it bad to run as root?

I've often come across posts on forums or other websites where you see people joking in such a manner about running/logging in as root as if it's something awful and everyone ought to know about it. ...
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Lock your computer after 5 minutes of inactivity

I know you can automatically Sleep and Hibernate your computer with a timer. But these affect running programs and stop downloads ... so I was wondering if there is a way to automatically Lock your ...