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How to show security tab in XP Home
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February 13, 2010
4:58 PM
AF70
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Don’t know if this is the proper forum in which to post this, so if not please advise.

I am running XP Home and found a way to show the security tab without having to boot into safe mode. I applied this tweak over 3 years ago and works flawlessly on my system. Have had no problems and sure is nice to access permissions just like XP Pro.

This tweak is provided by Gilles Pion and can be found on Doug Knox’ website:

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_home_sectab.htm

February 14, 2010
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Ramesh Kumar
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Hi AF70:smile:

Kindly excuse my ignorance. What exactly is security tab? I clicked your tab & tried to figure out for myself but could not understand.I also do not understand “access permissions”. Often I’ve seen it being said “login as an administrator” etc etc but I’ve never really understood what it means:cry:

Grateful for guidance.

Ramesh:smile:

February 14, 2010
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Oops!
I meant I clicked your html link & could not understand

Ramesh

February 14, 2010
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As I’m sure you know when you right click on a folder/file and select ‘properties’ a window opens and has tabs such as ‘General’, ‘Customize’, ‘Shortcut’, ‘Compatibility’. In XP Pro there is a tab also for ‘Security’ in which one can change permissions to allow full control or deny access to the folder/file. In XP Home this ‘Security’ tab is not available unless one boots into safe mode.

If one tries to open a folder/file and gets an ‘Access Denied’ message, one can go to the items properties, select the ‘Security’ tab and by changing ‘Permissions’ can take control of the folder/file to be able to open it. By the same token one can deny access to a folder/file to certain individuals by setting ‘Permissions’ to reflect such.

In order to access the ‘Security’ tab in ‘Properties’ in XP Home, one has to boot into safe mode. This tweak allows users of XP Home to access the ‘Security Tab’ without having to boot into safe mode.

I hope I understood your question and hope this helps answer that question. :smile:

February 14, 2010
10:26 PM
Ramesh Kumar
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Hi AF70!

Useful tip clearly explained & thanks.:smile:

Now kindly only clarify 2 things:-
1)What is login as an administrator?
2)How is it done?

Ramesh:lol:

February 15, 2010
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Ramesh,

Basically when one boots their system be sure to login (logon?) with an account that has administrative privileges.

My system is set to login (logon) automatically with my admin account.

Again, hope I explained this properly. Due to my age, sometimes I don’t understand my own explanations. Something for younger folk to look forward to.:smile:

February 15, 2010
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One thing to note is that for security reasons, most people should not log into their computers as an administrator since an admin can do almost anything.

But I don’t follow this advice, myself …

February 16, 2010
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Thanks AF70 & Karen:smile:

This is a useful pros & cons learning for me.I’ll endeavour to put it to savvy use.

But how do I logon as administrator or as a non administrator?

I have WinXP 32 bit SP2 Professional non-.NET

Ramesh

February 16, 2010
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Go into the User Management (I think you can get to it from Control Panel or right-click My Computer and then select Manage). Select the user that you log in with. There should be a tab that tells you what permissions the user has. If you have one called “Administrator” then you are one. If not, then you aren’t one.

If you’re not an Administrator, then you probably need another Administrator to make you one because you won’t have the privileges to change the permissions.

February 16, 2010
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Thanks KarenSmile

Got it, did it

Ramesh

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