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Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP by Russell Smith

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Common challenges of Least Privilege Security on the desktop

The biggest reason to avoid least privilege on the desktop is that striking a balance between usability and security is much harder on a desktop than on a server. However, technologies do exist to help implement least privilege successfully on the desktop.

Application compatibility

The single biggest roadblock in running as a standard user is application compatibility. Windows developers have become used to logging in to their machines with administrative privileges. This inevitably results in software that requires administrative privileges to work correctly. One of Microsoft's goals with User Account Control is to try to change this practice, and force programmers into developing software ...

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