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How do I prevent users from changing passwords?

Discussion in 'General Security' started by CedarWaxwing, Jul 18, 2011.

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  1. CedarWaxwing

    CedarWaxwing Thread Starter

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    I wanted to try the following registry modification, to prevent users from being able to change their passwords:

    http://devstopten.com/restrict-users-change-passwords-in-windows-xp/

    When I ran registry editor, and went to the location specified, "DisableChangePassword" was no where to be found. Any reason why I couldn't get this to work? I'm running XP home edition service pack 3.

    Even if I had been able to accomplish this I don't know if it would work because I want to prevent administator users from being able to change passwords (because on occasion the limited user needs to be logged on to the admin account for certain reasons).
    Maybe there is also software out there that can prevent changing passwords.
     
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    you cannot prevent an admin from changing passwords. By default admin has full acccess. If you want to stop access then you need to make sure that there is only 1 admin ( you ) & everyone else is a limited user
     
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    becasue it isn't a default key in the windows registry
    if you don't know that then you shouldn't be fiddling in the registry & trying these "tips" that have the potential to stop the computer working
     
  5. CedarWaxwing

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    So it may not be possible, but the article also said "There are so many ways of doing this" besides using the registry so maybe there's another way to accomplish it. Or maybe its not a reliable article.
     
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    The "article" is a blog post. I can write a similar "article" in 5 minutes with a different registry hack and opinion.

    It sounds like you're trying to do system administration work by Google search. Fine for a hobby, not fine for a job. You wouldn't take your car to a mechanic who watched a YouTube video on engine repair last night and put up his shingle.
     
  7. CedarWaxwing

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    I will admit that I don't know much about the registry. I'm just a home user who was searching for info on this issue. So maybe the only alternative is to look for software that prevents changing various settings including passwords for any user. I also read that passwords on Linux can be more difficult to change, but I'm not sure if this is worth switching to another OS that I've never used before to address this issue.
     
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    If you're a parent looking to secure your child's computer, you need to do and know way more than altering a registry setting that can easily be changed back.
     
  9. CedarWaxwing

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    Then I might get software that doesn't allow registry modification. I'm planning on doing a number of different things besides this one step after I have researched them enough to know how to do them.
     
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    There isn't any software that prevents registry changes. Windows makes thousands of registry changes every minute.

    It would help if you could explain what you're trying to do with this computer. You're approaching security the wrong way by modifying registry keys especially in the CURRENT_USER hive.
     
  12. CedarWaxwing

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    I should have said "software that prevents users from running regedit." I'm trying to stop the limited user who on occasion uses the admin account from changing the passwords at that time.
     
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    have you given any thought to merely creating a password protected admin account that only YOU have the password to? Let all the other users just log in as normal users.
     
  14. lunarlander

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    In Vista and above, the standard user can already run most programs and change some control panel settings. And programs have evolved to run perfectly in a standard user setting. There is no need for a standard user to use the admin account. Only a real admin should use the admin account, and only at times such as installing software or putting the machine into a new network. At all other times, everyone should be using a standard user account.
     
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    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    your post is not helpful
    The user has XP so it is a waste oif time to say how about vista or above
    He wants help with XP
     
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