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#1 adrianzen

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 01:29 PM

Hello:

 

I am trying to access and manage all the user accounts and administrator accounts in a workgroup network of 20 computers running XP Pro.

 

I have tried Control Panel > User Accounts.

 

I have also tried "control.exe useraccounts2" at the command line (it just accepts the command and nothing happens)

 

I would like to set up all computers with an Administrator Account and a Guest Account.

 

On one computer I log in as Administrator with the password but I still cannot change other accounts.

 

Thanks in advance

 



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Posted 08 September 2015 - 04:52 PM

AFAIK...networking does not allow any network member access to other user accounts on a different system.  IMO, the reasons for this should be clear to all.

 

I can't speak about the possibilities inherent in a network where Windows Server is involved...you might visit the Windows NT forum here at BC regarding how it might allow control of user accounts/accesses.

 

The command which you attempted to use...appears to apply to the user accounts on one given system, http://nerdyloft.com/2006/10/23/hidden-user-accounts-control-in-windows-xp/ , not various accounts on various systems.

 

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 10:27 PM

Louis, there is no server, just 20 computers connected to a router.  I thought that is what a workgroup means. I have to go from system to system to make changes and each system is set up differently in terms of having/not having a guest account or an administrator account or other hidden accounts.  I tried the DOS command on one machine and it did not appear to do anything.

 

Anyway, I am still at a loss on how to set up these computers with an administrator account and a guest account.

 

Thanks for the link; I will check it out.



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Posted 08 September 2015 - 11:10 PM

Louis: the link you provided basically says to try the command 'control.exe useraccounts2' at the command line, which I already tried on one system and it did not work.  I will try it on other systems. Please let me know if you know of any other ways to list and manage all the accounts on a given system.

 

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 12:15 PM

I'm not understanding....I already stated that you cannot manage in any way...a Windows install on another system.\

 

In fact, you cannot manage any Windows functions on a different system.

 

The workgroup merely provides access to data files which have been designated as shared...and it allows one user to see (not change necessarily or operate all system files on another system.   Each system, each install maintains its own integrity, except to the extent that it allows other members of the workgroup access/privileges regarding certain files.

 

You keep using the word "manage" but exactly what is it that you want to do?  Any user on a system can see the User accounts for that system.  To see the details for any system in a workgroup...you have to be given that privilege...and not all O/S privileges/rights can be shared.

 

I, obviously, do not understand what it is that you are trying to do or what your goal is.

 

Louis






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