Why is a standard account vs admin account recommended?

Why is Microsoft recommending a standard account vs admin account when setting up Windows on a brand new device?
A Standard User Account is more secure and recommended for everyday tasks like launching and using apps, browsing the web. An Administrator account is best as a backup account for Administrative task like installing applications, updating the system.

With a Standard Account, its a extra level of protection that keep your system secure from easy attacks like drive by downloads or apps that try hop onto your system install automatically with Admin privileges.

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Andre Da Costa
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Last updated August 2, 2021 Views 3,370 Applies to: