XP: Password and Account Management

Posted March 4, 2006 by William_Wilson in Windows

With XP, you can easily change or prevent others from changing passwords to help deter password theft on your network. Enabling/disabling user accounts and assigning privileges is also simple. These settings are useful on multi-user computers or networks.


You must have administrative privileges over the current computer and/or network in order to change the account and password settings.

The easiest way to prevent password theft is to force ctrl+alt+del to be pressed on startup before a username or password is ever entered.

***Start here for all steps below:
-Go to Start\Run.
-Type control userpasswords2, and press enter.
-Select the Advanced tab.
***

*If making changes to network accounts, depending on your OS, there may be different folders to the left for network users. Simply replace the name users with the name of that folder.

Require ctrl+alt+del at Logon:
-Under the Secure logon option, check the box labeled Require Users to press ctrl+alt+del.

Distribute Access Rights:
-Under the Advanced User Management option, select Advanced.
-In the new window, select Users to the left.

Change a User’s Password:
*It is not recemmended that you change your own password in this way. Use the control panel for that.
-Right-click on the user you wish to modify.
-Select Set password.
-Click Proceed on the dialog that pops up.
-Simply enter the password and repeat.
*Can be used to ban privileges or modify suspected stolen passwords quickly and easily without knowing the original password.

Disable User Account:
-Right-click on the user.
-Select Properties.
-Check the box labeled Account is Disabled.
*Undo this check to enable again.

Disable Changing of Password:
-Right-click on the user.
-Select Properties.
-Check the box labeled User Cannot Change Password.
*Undo this check to enable again.

Add Network Home Directory:
-Right-click on the user.
-Select Properties.
-Choose the Profile tab.
-Under the Home Folder option, select the Connect radio button.
-Choose the drive letter from the list, or supply a range of drives from list to text field.

Add Privileges:
-Right-click on the user.
-Select Properties.
-Choose the Member Of tab.
-Press the Add button.
-Press the Advanced tab.
-Select the Object Type and Location.
*If these fields only have one option, this is fine. (You may not be on a network.)
-Press Find now
-Select the user who’s privileges you wish to apply to this account. (e.g., Administrator, etc.)
Press OK.
*You may repeat this to apply multiple privilege levels or categories.
-Now, press OK on the next menu.
-The user has become a member of the group and has the privileges of that group.

Remove Privileges:
-Right-click on the user.
-Select Properties.
-Choose the Member Of tab.
-Select the privilege to remove.
-Press Remove.
-The user has lost privileges of the removed group.

Add New User:
-Press Action on the taskbar.
-Select Add User.
-Fill out the information for the new user, and press Create.

Remove User:
-Select the user to remove.
-Press Action on the taskbar.
-Select delete.

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-William. ยง (marvin_gohan)

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