Re: lock down WIN XP
Local policies apply to ALL users on the computer. What you are seeing is correct, all users will be affected by the local policy you set.
There is a very clever workaround for this, but it is complicated, and we have our good man JeremyW to thank for the wisdom here. See http://forums.petri.com/showthread.php?p=50948 for a way to apply a local policy to a specific group of users. I did not suggest that way because you may feel it is too complex – I like to use use simple ways that did not involve policy. But it is nice to know how to do it for those times when you need to get complicated.
The best way is to use GPO in Active Directory. You have not got that, so I suggest you do not use local policies. I suggest you use simple methods (like the ones I have suggested) instead. It’s up to you, of course, but I always try to keep things simple, because it is easier to understand, fix and edit simple things.