Windows Your Way

 
 
By David A. Karp  |  Posted 2004-08-13 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Use the Group Policy Editor to access hidden security and customizations in Windows XP.

One thing that makes Windows such an effective platform is its great flexibility: Nearly everything that (on the surface) seems to be hard-coded can be tweaked, turned off, or reconfigured. To that end, Windows XP has the Group Policy Editor, a tool that lets you not only tinker with the operating system but also lock down many of its vulnerabilities.

The GPE has been around since Windows 95, but because its a power tool, Microsoft has always chosen to hide it (much like the Registry Editor). This is understandable, as there is some potential to wreak havoc, but the GPEs point-and-click design makes it much safer than changing the same settings in Regedit.

Note that the settings discussed here are available in Windows XP Professional; some may not be present in XP Home.

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