[olug] OT: "Securing" a WinXP Home Edition Machine
Robert A. Jacobs
r.a.jacobs at cox.net
Sat Feb 5 21:03:40 UTC 2005
On Fri, 2005-02-04 at 23:17 -0600, Phil Brutsche wrote:
> Robert A. Jacobs wrote:
> > Likewise, where do I look to change the name of the default admin
> > account?
> ummm, forgot to mention that you can't do that on XP Home. The Local
> Users and Groups item under Computer Management is disabled, and the
> local Administrator account cannot be accessed from within User Accounts.
Well...turns out they had WinXP Media Edition. I was able to find the
Administrator account and disable it - I had already set up another
admin account but it took some hunting around. It was somewhere in the
security policies tool.
> It's one of many reasons why I usually recommend spending the extra $70
> or so to get XP Pro ;)
I had recommended that originally but, after some research, baked off of
it because it didn't offer them much that they would use. I don't know
if there is a difference between Home Edition and Media Edition with
regards to the security policies editor (or whatever it was called - I
got to it through the "Help") but, as I said, I was able to disable the
default Administrator account.
Thanks for everyone's help!
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