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Limited User Accessing Adminstrative Files And Tools


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#1 Juha

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 11:34 PM

Hi,

For a reason or reasons unknown to me, my Limited User account (on Windows Xp Media Centre SP2) seems able to access System files, Administrator files and Administrative tools. It can even access the Registry Editor! I am not sure if it supposed to go this far... But it cannot create a user account or change account type. I have recently been wandering through Local Security Policy and Services in Administrative tools, but I don't recall making any changes. Even if I did, I make sure I know what I'm doing first and normally after confirming from more than one source. I have checked again that it is in fact set to 'Limited User'! Please help. I have been trying to figure out the problem for like 2 weeks now. Thanks in advance.


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Posted 08 December 2007 - 03:04 PM

At Member request, I am bumping this question.
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 05:11 PM

Good reading and some tips at these 2 sites
http://articles.techrepublic.com
http://www.microsoft.com
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 05:37 PM

Why not just logon as Admin, delete the LU account...and create a new one and see how it behaves?

How to login as Administrator in Windows XP - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/admins.htm

And...there is an easy way to add easy access for permissions (for any user/account) capability to XP Home, see

How Do I See the Security tab in XP Home (Doug Knox) - http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_home_sectab.htm

How To See the Security Tab in XP Home - http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/windo...-Tab-in-XP-Home

Add Security Tab to XP Home - http://www.jsifaq.com/SUBS/tip9100/rh9162.htm

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 10:49 AM

Thank you all for the info and the links.

I forgot to mention that I tried deleting the LU account and creating a new one. But that does not solve the problem. It still maintains access to administrative tools. Even the Guest Account seems to have the same problem. For example, when logged on to the Guest Account and I try to access 'local security policy' and 'services' in Administrative tools, I go through (after pressing OK) despite receiving the following messages TWICE for each:

1) IP Security Policy Management

Failed to open the IPSec Policy storage. The following error occurred:

Access is Denied.
(80070005)

2) Services

Unable to open service control manager database on.

Error 5: Access is denied.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 11:09 AM

I guess that I have to wonder why you even have the guest account on, IMO it should be off (which is not the same as disabled).

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/300489 and http://www.petri.co.il/disable_the_guest_a..._windows_xp.htm

Turning off the guest account is what you want to do, for the reasons cited above.

The links I previously provided give guidance on how to get control of user permissions on XP Home.

I guess that I have to wonder if your version of XP has all current critical updates installed or if system files are corrupted. I think I'd run sfc /scannow and check on the system files.

LEARN how to use SFC.EXE (system file checker) in this article! - http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 11:56 AM

Thanks again for the great links.

I don't normally have my Guest Account on, I just switched it on to see if it has the same problem!

I am currently performing the sfc /scannow...

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 02:18 PM

Easily done, let us know how it goes :thumbsup:.

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 01:27 PM

Sorry for the delay.

After reading the articles, I have done the 'sfc /scannow' and 'chkdsk /f /r' commands, and no problems were reported. The same problem still exists. I have tried creating a new LU account again. Still the same. Nothing's changed!

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 06:54 PM

The only alternative I can suggest now...would be to try a repair install of your O/S.

A ton of links/instructions at http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=repair+install+XP

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 07:56 PM

Okay, I'll try to see if there's any other way it can be done before doing repair installation. Thanks a lot for your time. Appreciate it.




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