You (i.e. your login account) don’t have to be a member of local Administrators group to do your daily tasks on your computer, including developing software. It might take a while to get used to it, but with time it will be as normal as using the seat belt in your car. The benefit is not only in ensuring a more secure environment, but also the software you produce is more likely to be available for use in a non-privileged environment. The software should not require elevated privileges unless it really needs them. Here are some resources about developing software as a non-admin: Developing Software in Visual Studio .NET with Non-Administrative Privileges and How to develop code as a non-admin.