User Account Types

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Hi,

I recently installed Win XP Professional and have a question about User
accounts.

My computer is a standalone PC with 5 users. No network. I connect to
the internet using dialup.

I have a lot of older software, and games too, and I read see over and
over that you have to have administrator privileges to run them.

From messing around in Linux in the past, I know that it can be a bad
thing for everyone to be logged in on administrator accounts. Even the
XP help files say that you should only log in as administrator when you
absolutely have to. My problem is that the "Limited" account is too
limited, and the "Administrator" account is too open.

Is there some way of setting up somewhere in between? where I can
increase the settings of a limited account? or customise for each user?

There are 2 adults, 2 teens and a younger child.

I have seen something about "groups" and "power users" and "users" when
roaming round in the help files, but didn't know if this was what I was
after or how to implement these groups as it wasn't particularly clear
to me.

I hope this post makes sense! I know what I am trying to ask!

Mark L.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Since you're running XP Pro, click Start, Run and enter LUSRMGR.MSC. Open the Users folder and double click the user account in question. Go to the Member of tab. You can add Power Users to the list of groups.

    You can also use CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2 Highlight the user in question and click Properties. Then go to the Group Membership tab. The list of user groups is available in the drop down list.

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    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
    --------------------------------
    Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
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    "Mark L." <marklory@eclipse.co.uk> wrote in message news:mn.52b97d5859fbd34d.36571@eclipse.co.uk...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I recently installed Win XP Professional and have a question about User
    > accounts.
    >
    > My computer is a standalone PC with 5 users. No network. I connect to
    > the internet using dialup.
    >
    > I have a lot of older software, and games too, and I read see over and
    > over that you have to have administrator privileges to run them.
    >
    > From messing around in Linux in the past, I know that it can be a bad
    > thing for everyone to be logged in on administrator accounts. Even the
    > XP help files say that you should only log in as administrator when you
    > absolutely have to. My problem is that the "Limited" account is too
    > limited, and the "Administrator" account is too open.
    >
    > Is there some way of setting up somewhere in between? where I can
    > increase the settings of a limited account? or customise for each user?
    >
    > There are 2 adults, 2 teens and a younger child.
    >
    > I have seen something about "groups" and "power users" and "users" when
    > roaming round in the help files, but didn't know if this was what I was
    > after or how to implement these groups as it wasn't particularly clear
    > to me.
    >
    > I hope this post makes sense! I know what I am trying to ask!
    >
    > Mark L.
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi Doug,

    Thanks for the pointers. After reading the descriptions of the types of
    users, It looks like the power user option is definitely the one to
    try. Time to change some settings. I'll know if it didn't work out if
    the kids start moaning that their games don't work any more!

    I went for XP Pro because I plan to do a small home network soon, this
    multiple user stuff is new to me but I'm getting there slowly.

    Thanks again.

    Mark L.

    > Since you're running XP Pro, click Start, Run and enter LUSRMGR.MSC. Open
    > the Users folder and double click the user account in question. Go to the
    > Member of tab. You can add Power Users to the list of groups.
    >
    > You can also use CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2 Highlight the user in question and
    > click Properties. Then go to the Group Membership tab. The list of user
    > groups is available in the drop down list.
    >
    > --
    > Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
    > Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    > http://www.dougknox.com
    > --------------------------------
    > Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
    > http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
    > --------------------------------
    > Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
    > Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    You're welcome, Mark. You may also want to do some homework on File and Folder permissions. As well as Registry permissions. Many programs that fail to install or run under less than an Administrator account, usually fail because they try to read or write to portions of the file system/Registry that a lower privileged user does not, by default, have the necessary permissions.

    --
    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
    --------------------------------
    Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
    --------------------------------
    Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
    Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.

    "Mark L." <marklory@eclipse.co.uk> wrote in message news:mn.58077d58be7a82dc.36571@eclipse.co.uk...
    > Hi Doug,
    >
    > Thanks for the pointers. After reading the descriptions of the types of
    > users, It looks like the power user option is definitely the one to
    > try. Time to change some settings. I'll know if it didn't work out if
    > the kids start moaning that their games don't work any more!
    >
    > I went for XP Pro because I plan to do a small home network soon, this
    > multiple user stuff is new to me but I'm getting there slowly.
    >
    > Thanks again.
    >
    > Mark L.
    >
    >> Since you're running XP Pro, click Start, Run and enter LUSRMGR.MSC. Open
    >> the Users folder and double click the user account in question. Go to the
    >> Member of tab. You can add Power Users to the list of groups.
    >>
    >> You can also use CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2 Highlight the user in question and
    >> click Properties. Then go to the Group Membership tab. The list of user
    >> groups is available in the drop down list.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
    >> Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    >> http://www.dougknox.com
    >> --------------------------------
    >> Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
    >> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
    >> --------------------------------
    >> Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
    >> Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.
    >
    >
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