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Granting Privileges

In several operating systems—Windows 9x and Windows ME, in particular—there are no privileges to be granted to users. However, Windows NT and Windows 2000 provide a list of user privileges that can be granted explicitly to users. Some of these privileges are also granted to groups or users by default. So what is a privilege and why should you care? Privileges are actions someone can take while using the system, and the ability to control privileges is crucial to securing an operating system. Even if you just leave privileges at the default, it’s helpful to know that you can control them if necessary.

If you are using Windows 9x or ME, you can skip ahead a bit to the section about denying access. If you are using Windows 2000 or Windows NT, the following section applies to you. If you are using Macintosh, Linux, Unix, or another non-Microsoft operating system, you might wish to read through this section, but the names of rights and services might be different or not present, depending on your OS. I’ll leave it to the users of those systems to decide what applies to you and what does not.


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