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  1. If you're a member of the "Power users" then you can execute any command in the context of an administrator (or become a member of the "Administrators" group yourself) very easily, thus making it an unusuable group. Here's how: As a "power user" you have access to add values to the following key (check for yourself if you don't believe me!). KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. All the values under this key will be executed at start-up of Windows before the Welcome/Login-screen. So you could create a value net localgroup administrators youraccount /add to add you account to the administrators group. Or you could replace/delete system files. So I was wondering whether I should move my family accounts to the "Users" group instead, but they cannot install software this way. That's an anoying limitation. It's not that they are trying to hack the machine, but I'm worried for malware/virusses. Are there anymore backdoors to the "power users" account? Please NOW in Microsoft Windows XP section, use [TAGS] in your topic's title. See rules. --Sonic
  2. No problem here... (also NL) What do you mean? Does it show up at yours or do you mean it don't matter. I could not find any information whether this hotfix would be superseded.
  3. kb899588 shows up again at this very moment in the catalog (language = NL)
  4. 1. Yes, because drivers have already been detected at this stage. 2. It will just install them from the location [where you've decompressed the drivers]. 3. It will pop-up that it can't find the drivers at [where you've decompressed the drivers] and prompt for a location where they might be. 4. Yes.
  5. Thank you for the information, however I'm trying to get autorun to work on any pc, without having to make local modifications. The following site has exactly what I want.. however I already got a 2GB usb-stick so I'm not going to buy another one. http://www.udrw.com/
  6. The solution is indeed to exclude the default run-time libraries. Also, use microsoft specific functions, so that they can be linked by means of DLLs. See this link for more information (actually it's for MS Visual Studio but parts are useful for all compilers.) http://www.catch22.net/tuts/minexe.asp
  7. Thanks for the replies! Yes I want to develop Windows applications .. and preferably on a Windows platform. An example of how small I mean.. Pyron's has made a few contributions to the unattended forums, he created a little Win app (I guess he used C++) of merely 4KB! I already sent him a PM a week ago but I still don't have a reply. This program of his is called WatchDriverSigningPolicy.exe and it monitors and writes to the registry. It isn't UPX compressed btw.
  8. ATM, as you can see I already tried what you've posted. Thanks, anyway. This value is indeed random, that's why you should import these tweaks (or: any tweak preferrably) at the t-13/t-12 stage of windows setup and import them to the current user which is at this stage of the setup the default user, which is later on being used by windows to create all the other accounts.
  9. I read the whole thread.. and it seems this new method is quite a hack on a hack Well.. it works for the moment, so
  10. "ShowSuperHidden" is being used twice in the current tweaks file (as per 10-okt-2005), one instance in which it's set to 0, and another one in which it's set to 1. Anyhow, I still haven't been able to show the individual files (not folders) of the systemdrive root (c:\ in most cases) (I'm importing my tweaks at the cmdlines.txt). I've tried all sorts of tweaks. Anyone who've got it working? Remember, the root is shown in explorer without any warning whatsoever, but the files aren't visible.. and the folders (program files, windows) are. They only appear after I enable the "show the contents of system folders" checkbox in "folder options" of explorer. These are the ones I've tried so far (all together): [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced] "Hidden"=dword:00000001 "WebViewBarricade"=dword:00000000 "ShowSuperHidden"=dword:00000001 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\SuperHidden] "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\WebView\BarricadedFolders] "shell:ControlPanelFolder"=dword:00000000 "shell:SystemDriveRootFolder"=dword:00000000 "shell:ProgramFiles"=dword:00000000 "shell:Windows"=dword:00000000 "shell:System"=dword:0000000 Any help would be appreciated.
  11. Nobody? Maybe it's impossible what I'm trying to do here?
  12. Hi, For the past few days I've been trying to get my USB flashdrive to autorun. I read that this is impossible to do without installing a third-party program, which is something I'm not willing to do. (I want a solution that will work on all standard Windows XP computers). Please note I'm talking about automatically running programs when I plug-in the USB drive. I'm not referring to the usual Explorer popup you get when inserting a removable device. The reason most USB drives cannot autorun is because they have the Removable Media Bit enabled. For more information see these google results. So, I want to disable this bit one way or the other! I thought maybe I could update the firmware with a general firmware utility (if such one exists). My flashdrive is a 2GB "Tiny Disk", and they don't have a flashing utility available so it seems. However, I haven't been able to find a flashing utility for USB storage devices at all.. Anyone who could help me out? Thanks in advance.

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