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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by greatbigmouth, Nov 25, 2007.

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  1. greatbigmouth

    greatbigmouth Thread Starter

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    Hi guys,

    I would like to know if it is possible to change a setting somewhere that ONLY my account can change my password and modify settings. Yesterday I've found out that all other admin accounts are also able to modify my password and all my settings. How can I change this so that only MY account can do this?

    Hope this makes sense,

    Thanks

    PS: I won't be able to make the others limited, they have to remain admin.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Admins have complete control over user passwords, and also whether each user is allowed to change their own or not. That's what admins do. There is no way of blocking admin control.
     
  3. Lance1

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    By applying the appropriate security settings for users and groups and ownership of the profile in question you should be able to lock out all but yourself. Besides, if another administrator wanted to change your password they would have to know your current password to be able to change it. Keep your password secure and to yourself only.
     
  4. Elvandil

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    An admin could just remove the requirement for a password, re-instate it, and then apply a new password, all without knowing the original.
     
  5. Lance1

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    And they say XP is secure! :rolleyes: There are so many black holes in Windows it isn't funny.:eek:
     
  6. Elvandil

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    That's what administrators are supposed to do. In a large corporation, can you imagine how many dunderheads would forget their passwords on a given day?
     
  7. Lance1

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    A corporate environment is controlled through the server, and yes the admin has full control. What about a standalone system? Is that not a different animal in itself? Should not one user have the ability to lock out other users from there profiles as by taking ownership? And would this not also take in the ability to control passwords on that particular profile?
     
  8. Elvandil

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    In a case like that, all users should be running as limited users, There should be only one administrator for situations that require the increased control. It is not recommended that users operate in admin accounts for day-to-day use. That's the first account that hacks and malware look for, and hope to find holes opened by an admin account being logged into.
     
  9. The Hound

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    Very existential..but not very practical in the real world.
    Multilple Administrators on one computer kind of makes the term 'Administrator' meaningless.
     
  10. Lance1

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    Thanks Elvandil for you input but I am still curious as to users and groups and ownership in a multiple user standalone environment. By removing all but yourself from users and groups and taking complete ownership of the profile would you not affectedly lock all but yourself out?
     
  11. Elvandil

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    Exactly. The person assigned administrator privileges should be the person who is going to actually "administer" the system. If someone has a third-grade mentality and can't refrain from snooping or pulling password pranks, then that person should not have admin rights to begin with.

    All other users should be limited users, or, in some selected cases, Power Users.
     
  12. greatbigmouth

    greatbigmouth Thread Starter

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    So there is absolutely no way to prevent other admin accounts from changing my password?

    The reason why I don't want to change the other accounts is because we share this computer with others in the house, all have their own user account. All need admin rights for what they do. We all install programs, change a few settings here and there, etc. That's why we all need admin rights. I just think that this is a serious glitch in the system that others can actually change your password with the click of a mouse. :(
     
  13. The Hound

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    Your own system with one Admin--You---is the only solution I see here.
     
  14. Elvandil

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    I guess I don't understand. If you remove everyone but you from the Users and Groups, then it is no longer a "multi-user" environment--you are the only user on the machine. In that case, if there is no administrator password, anyone can log in as admin and take ownership of everything. Just hit Ctrl+Alt+Del twice on the logon screen.

    Admins can take ownership of anything away from anybody. So, no, you can't lock out the admins. That would lead to chaos. It would be pretty difficult to administer without full control, or help people recover from their own errors.
     
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