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By alan.mckeown ·
Hi All,
we have some new laptops with windows XP sp2. we have set the users up to log onto the domain at work and then copied domain security to each user and set each user as a power user. However, the user cannot access certain parts of the laptop i.e. media player doesn't work, they cannot change passwords. It appears the only way in which to get these attributes of windows is to make each user an administrator which we do not want to do. Does anyone have any ideas on this issue.

many thanks


Alan.

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by rbmrf In reply to windows XP security

The policies applied to the laptops are from the domain or from the Local Security Policies? if so:

new GPO for laptops?
Change Hardenning in the laptops?

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by jasonbis In reply to windows XP security

What I would recommend is that you use group policy editor to override power user restrictions. For instance, log in as administrator, go to the run command and type gpedit.msc. That will bring up the editor. Under user configuration/adminstrative templates you will see an enormous list of settings you can manually change and give or deny power user rights other than what Microsoft has configured by default. As an example, if you don't want power users to have the run command you can go to user configuration/adminstrative/startmenu and taskbar. On the right-hand side is the list of actions and you would find the one that says "remove run from start menu" and set it to enabled. If you scroll through the editor you should find the settings that will meet your specific needs.

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by richard.t.stevens In reply to windows XP security

One thing already published on TechRepublic was to change the RPC service to use the System Account instead of the NT Authority account. Reboot and you have access to many things which you previously wouldn't after loading SP2 on a desktop or laptop

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