IT 286 Week 8 Toolwire Lab Configuring Windows XP Policies …

Configuring Windows XP Policies

Introduction:

Windows XP Policies provide a way to manage and control various aspects of a Windows XP computer. With policies, you can specify settings for user accounts, computer hardware, software installations, and more. This lab will guide you through the process of configuring Windows XP policies.

Objective:

The objective of this lab is to familiarize you with the process of configuring Windows XP policies. You will learn how to access the Group Policy Editor, modify and apply policies, and test their effectiveness.

Lab Steps:

Step 1: Access the Group Policy Editor

The Group Policy Editor is a tool that allows you to view and modify policies on a Windows XP computer. To access the Group Policy Editor, follow these steps:

1. Click on the Start button and select Run.

2. In the Run dialog box, type “gpedit.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK.

3. The Group Policy Editor window will open.

Step 2: Modify Policies

In this step, you will modify a policy to change the user account settings for the computer.

1. In the Group Policy Editor window, expand the User Configuration section by clicking on the plus sign next to it.

2. Next, expand the Administrative Templates section by clicking on the plus sign next to it.

3. Scroll down and click on the Control Panel option.

4. On the right-hand side, you will see a list of available policies. Right-click on the “Hide specified Control Panel items” policy and select Properties.

5. In the properties window, select the Enabled option and click OK.

6. Close the Group Policy Editor window.

Step 3: Apply Policies

In this step, you will apply the modified policy to a specific user account on the computer.

1. Click on the Start button and select Control Panel.

2. In the Control Panel window, double-click on the User Accounts icon.

3. Select the user account for which you want to apply the policy.

4. Click on the Change the account type option.

5. In the Change the account type window, select the Limited account option and click Change Account Type.

6. Close the User Accounts window.

Step 4: Test Policy Effectiveness

In this step, you will test the effectiveness of the applied policy by trying to access a control panel item.

1. Click on the Start button and select Control Panel.

2. In the Control Panel window, you will notice that some Control Panel items are now hidden.

3. Try to access the Display control panel item. You will see that it is no longer visible.

4. Close the Control Panel window.

Discussion:

Windows XP policies provide an effective way to manage and control various aspects of a Windows XP computer. By modifying and applying policies, administrators can restrict access to certain features and settings, ensuring a more secure and controlled environment.

The Group Policy Editor is the primary tool used to modify and apply policies on a Windows XP computer. It provides a graphical interface that allows administrators to easily navigate through the different sections and options available.

In this lab, you modified the “Hide specified Control Panel items” policy to restrict access to certain control panel items. By enabling this policy and selecting specific items to hide, you effectively limited the control panel options available to the user account.

Once the policy was modified and applied, you tested its effectiveness by trying to access the Display control panel item. Since this item was specified to be hidden, it was no longer visible in the control panel window.

This lab demonstrates the power and flexibility of Windows XP policies in controlling and managing a computer environment. By configuring policies, administrators can customize Windows XP computers to meet the specific needs of an organization or network. Additionally, policies can help enforce security measures and prevent users from making unauthorized changes to their systems.

Conclusion:

Configuring Windows XP policies is an essential task for administrators who want to have control over the settings and functionality of their Windows XP computers. By accessing the Group Policy Editor, modifying policies, and applying them to specific user accounts, administrators can create a secure and customized computing environment.

In this lab, you learned how to modify a policy to restrict access to control panel items and tested its effectiveness by trying to access the restricted item. By successfully completing these tasks, you now have a better understanding of the process of configuring Windows XP policies.