Default Security Settings in Windows XP Prevent Remote Administration
Windows XP introduces many new security features which are designed to prevent unauthorised access, or to make it harder to infiltrate a system. However, these settings also make it harder for legitimate access to a Windows XP machine for administration or file sharing. These settings can be disabled as follows:
- Log in as a user with local administrative rights.
- Click Start, choose Run, type SECPOL.MSC and choose OK.
The Local Security Settings applet opens.
- In the left pane, click Local Policies.
- In the right pane, double-click Security Options.
- Change the following settings:
Network access — Sharing and security model for local accounts: Classic — local users authenticate as themselves.
Other settings which are stronger in Windows XP and which may be inconvenient are:
Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console use only: Disabled.
Devices: Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged-on user only: Disabled
Devices: Restrict floppy access to locally logged-on user only: Disabled
- Close the Local Security Settings applet.