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Part 7: Security > Locked-down Configurations

Chapter 24. Locked-down Configurations

The Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and Microsoft Windows XP operating systems can help to provide a security-enhanced working environment for multiple users. This enhanced security is achieved by allowing permission-restricted access to registry branches and hard disk folders on NTFS-formatted disks connected to the same computer running these operating systems. When this restrictive access is enabled on a computer, the computer configuration is known as locked down.

With a locked-down configuration, only someone with administrative permissions to the registry and system-related folders on the hard disk where the operating system resides can make changes to the configuration of the computer. Locking down a system helps to prevent users from installing new software, removing existing software, changing currently configured application settings, updating system files to different levels, and viewing other users’ files.


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