iMac and Accounts

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Jshwon, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. Jshwon macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
    I'll be getting my new iMac in a couple of weeks. Hopefully all will be good with the machine. My question is how many of you iMac users are operating daily under the Admin account? I understand the reason for not doing so but was wondering if anyone has had problems doing so. I am leaning towards creating 4 accounts (root, mine, wife, guest) mainly so we can have the sys prefs to our individual liking. Installing apps shouldn't be an issue as I'll have the root/admin password.

    So how do you guys run/manage your iMacs? I think having multiple accounts keeps things a bit more organized. But what do you think? Also how does having multiple accounts work with Time Machine? Is every account backed up separately or is the whole disk just backed up?
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    You absolutely positively do not need root, leave it alone. Admin is fine.

    I run as admin, no reason not to that I can see. Being admin doesn't give you free rein over the system, you're still prompted for your password when ever you do anything that will change the system (installing apps, some more important system prefs etc).
  3. Jshwon thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
    Well when I refer to root I mean Admin sorry. So Admin acct etc. I'm not so much worried about messing anything up but rather having things set up in a way I like to have them and same for other users. What about using Time Machine with multiple accounts? How is this handled?

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