XP Security Console
Version 1.4 - 10/26/2003
Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
Version 2 has been delayed. Please check back for more information as to its release date.
NOTE: Due to recent "HACKS" that have been published for version 1.4.3 of the Windows XP Security Console, I will only provide LIMITED support for unlicensed users.
When you're outside of a domain environment, XP has some features missing. XP Home leaves you completely without the Group Policy Editor, while XP Pro lacks the ability to use the Group Policy Editor to selectively apply policies to specific users.
Well, that's about to change.
Doug's Windows XP Security Console allows you to assign various restrictions to specific users, whether you're running XP Pro or XP Home.
Click here for screen shots of the program
The unlicensed version will allow you to apply a number of user specific settings, while logged on to that user's Desktop. Licensing entitles you to preferred support.
With the licensed version, you can load another user's profile, make the desired changes, and save them. WITHOUT HAVING TO LOG ON to their Desktop. You can also create a set of "Default" settings and save them for future use.
Only one user profile, either the currently logged on user, or a "loaded" user profile, can be loaded at one time. However, with the licensed version, you can create a "default" set of settings and quickly apply them to other user profiles.
All but one of the settings that can be changed are "per-user" settings. The setting to disallow Shutdown without Logon is machine wide.
More settings and features will be added in future releases, if there is enough support for this utility.
Usage: Download Windows XP Security Console. Double click the ZIP file you downloaded and extract the contents to your hard disk. The EXE and CHM (Help) file need to be in the same folder. There is no uninstaller, but be advised, any restrictions that have been put in place will remain in place, even if you delete the application. So, if you're going to remove the application, make sure that you change any settings that you want to, before you remove it. For additional security, this utility and its help file are small enough to fit on a floppy disk. Extract the files to a floppy, run the utility from there, change the settings you wish, then put the floppy away somewhere safe.
A license for this utility can be obtained here.
Support for Windows 2000 - No support is offered for this utility, running under Windows 2000. It may run, it may not. I do not support this utility, running under Windows 2000, and cannot guarantee its compatibility.
v1.3.5 - Correct a few minor bugs. Removed the "Block Attachments" setting in Outlook Express (doesn't work on a per user basis). Support for new licensing method. Added the ability to back up and restore any 'machine wide' registry settings that may conflict with the use of this utility.
v1.3 - Added support for restricting access to specific applications on a per-user basis (licensed version only).
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