Best practise: User Account set-up for Windows 7 for Developer/Tester/Techie

  nzindian 28 Jan 12
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Hello,

I am a Developer/Tester and have just begun setting up my new laptop (its a high-spec gaming laptop). I am paranoid about viruses and worried about my machine getting to cluttered with unused software, so I was planning on setting up/using my PC as follows:

-One 'Admin' account This will pretty much be untouched.

-One 'Standard' User account this will be my main account that I log in to everyday

-Virtual Machines

*I will install Virtual Box on the Standard User Account.

*I will use a VM for random surfing, I would like to do this from a VM to reduce the risk of being affected from a virus. This VM will probably be a linux flavour (e.g ubuntu).

*I wil have a seperate VM that I use just for online banking and checking email - also probably be a linux flavour.

*I will have different Virtual machines for different projects Im working on, because I like to keep my environments seperate. I can also install and play with new software and then revert back to a snapshot when I'm done. These will be mainly Windows VMs.

This is my first high-spec machine where I can comfortable run several VMs.

Is this a good set-up? will it secure my system? should I relax and not be so paranoid :)

Cheers.

  nzindian 28 Jan 12

Also the laptop has an i7 quad core CPU with 8gb ram. The standard account will have iTunes and some games installed on it.

  markd71 28 Jan 12

Are you for real ??????????????

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