There are many things for which we need administrator's privileges at
work.  We have our workstation PCs in our cubes, where we can crunch
data, feed our faces, and guzzle coffee, and our instruments in our lab
that control our analytical instruments (gas chromatographs, mass
spectrometers, etc.)  We all have administrator rights on those
machines, because the controlling software needs them to run.

Regarding installing something harmful on our local network or PCs, not
being an administrator would never prevent us from doing that.  We are
good at destroying things :)


> Jim,
> What your IT department did was rather strange in that they allowed you
> to have admin authority over your Win XP PC.  What they did was create
> an account for you on your PC that has user authority, that is to run
> installed programs, but they were also very nice to you in giving you
> access to the admin login.
> The first part is for PC local security so users won't install something
> harmful to the PC or the local network, the second part is to remove
> some of the IT workload of installing software, or approving software
> for the network systems.
> As a user anytime you install, or upgrade a program Windows XP should
> halt the install application and declare the installation requires admin
> authority to install.
> The requirement to login once a month as the admin to retain your your
> authority is one method IT has to control employee movement within the
> organization and outside the organization.
> Michael
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