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  • Securing a stand-alone Windows XP system

    Hello,

    After years of formatting my brother's and sister's computer every few months due to their abuse of the poor computer I've decided to put an end to this.
    All I wanted is to secure the computer so that they couldn't do much damage, for example:

    1. Disable installation or uninstallation of programs without the administrator's password.
    2. Disable the control panel and IE control panel
    3. Disable saving files anywhere but in a drive that I specify (but still allowing to install programs on C)

    These are just a few. I started to read about Group Policy and all the related issues but couldn't seem to get the hang of it. For instance, when I tried blocking the control panel using gpedit.msc I also blocked the administrators access to it.

    I will be grateful if anyone here could guide me and explain some of these issues.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Securing a stand-alone Windows XP system

    Set the policies you would like.
    remove the read permissions on the folder C:\WINDOWS\system32\GroupPolicy for the administrator (most handy is to create 2 admins, give the first one a deny on that folder, set the permissions with the second admin, log in with the first one, remove second admin)
    Marcel
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    • #3
      Re: Securing a stand-alone Windows XP system

      Have a look here.

      http://www.nsa.gov/snac/

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      • #4
        Re: Securing a stand-alone Windows XP system

        I had same problem. Instead of limiting their previleges i use software called DeepFreeze which solved my problems. It also keeps you free of viruese.

        http://www.faronics.com/html/choose.asp
        Arber I. Ibrahimi

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        • #5
          Re: Securing a stand-alone Windows XP system

          Hello




          Schedule automatic updates on windows firewall check exceptions and users add local power users group membership ok



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          • #6
            Re: Securing a stand-alone Windows XP system

            1. You can find a very clear and detailed explanation on URL:

            http://www-tus.csx.cam.ac.uk/pc_supp...llegehome.html


            2. If you would like to learn more about Windows XP Security, try the link:

            http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...p/default.mspx

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