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by bently / April 27, 2005 10:54 PM PDT

Win XP home, sp2


There are 2 choices...

1. . This is the current setting... (set by windows during win install)
"CONNECT TO REGISTRY REMOTELY", which controls permission to access the HKEY_LOCAL _MACHINE branch of the registry over the network. these permissions are combined with the the permissions on individual keys.

2. . Alternative choice.
"ACCESS PERFORMANCE COUNTERS", which controls permission to access performance counters used by system Monitor and Performance Logs and Alertss. (who/what does the accessing?)

I am only user, only one computer, no networking... Unless I allow individually, I do not want anyone to have network access to my computer under any circumstances.

Will there be any problems/benefits with computer if I change to "ACCESS PERFORMANCE COUNTERS"?

WHAT is purpose of either of the 2 choices? Unless I allow individually, each request, I do NOT want anyone other than me, to have access to anything.



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Just thinking..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 27, 2005 10:58 PM PDT

The internet is a network so it's not accurate to write that you are not on a network.

Since it is a possible security issue, disable item 1 and don't bother item 2.

As to purpose, the description of item 1 reveals its purpose. The second item is only interesting to those that are diving into performance tests.


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My advice
by AussiePete / April 27, 2005 11:49 PM PDT

Dont "tinker" with these settings in TweakUI unless you are 200% sure what the ramifications of them are - I have studies these and it seems they have tried to simplify the settings found in various parts of "administrative tools" (security settings in particular) and to me have just confused the issue- in general dont even tinker with the things in Admin Tools either unless you are 150% sure - There are other ways of globally making sure your system isn't accessed if you are the only user and dont want others to be able to use such things as "remote access". The best way to change things is selectively through "services" settings. A word of warning though, if you change any "services" settings, programs which rely on these wont work and you will spend years trying to figure out why not. Here is a link which deals with the different services (but be careful and save your settings before tinkering)

A safer way is to use "Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser" - from memory it advises on a number of settings which can be turned off if not required.
I keep saying dont "tinker" because I did when I first got XP and ended up stuffing up everything!!!

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