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#1 4InTheMorning

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 05:25 AM

From a fresh install of window xp, you are required to create an account, that is automatically an administrator acoount. When you look in the permisions dialog box it shows there are 4 account permisions.

1. How do i make it so there is only 1 administrator account (mine)?

2. Do i still need 'USER' account permisions if im the only user?

3. What is the 'SYSTEM' permision account for?

4. Do i need more than 1 Account?


Basically i want to understanding the registries and how security threats are allowed to make changes, givin they have no permisions

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 06:16 AM

What "permissions dialog box" are you looking in?
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Posted 16 December 2007 - 06:47 AM

i am viewing the permisions from the regedit cmd

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 12:23 PM

I'll try to answer some of your questions:

1. Go Start > Control Panel > User Accounts and change any other accounts so that they do not have Administrator rights, or simply delete all the other accounts. There will always be the "Administrator" account that can be accessed in Safe Mode - this account cannot be deleted.

2. Probably not, but these will always be there for the situation when you want to create a new user account.

3. Not entirely sure, but I believe these are for system functions such as Automatic Updates.

4. You only really need two accounts: (1) Your account; and (2) the Safe Mode account. Some people find it convenient to have more accounts - especially if more than one person is using the computer.
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Posted 16 December 2007 - 03:51 PM

If you don't have the System permissions - your system won't run properly. It's needed for special operations on the computer that require a different level of permissions than Users or Administrators.

As for the Users permissions - you technically don't need them, but many programs write with them in mind - so deleting that may make things not work on the system.

Do you need more than 1 account? Yes, absolutely!!! Should your account become corrupted you'll need another Administrator level account to get in and recover things. In general, you'll have an Adminstrator account and your account (which has administrator priveleges). Most times you won't even see the Administrator account unless you're logging into Safe Mode.
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