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Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP by Russell Smith

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Least Privilege Security in Windows

In 1993, Windows NT 3.1, which was designed for business use, introduced the NTFS filesystem and centralized security. Despite that, 9.x consumer editions of Windows existed in parallel with NT for some time, and the concept of securable objects was never introduced into the 9.x line. Starting with Windows XP, the distinction between consumer and business versions of Windows disappeared, at least from a technology point of view, as Windows XP was based on Windows 2000 and replaced Windows ME for home users.

Windows 9.x

The FAT/FAT32 (File Allocation Table) filesystem used in 9.x editions of Windows didn't support the use of access control lists. Therefore, there were no strict means of controlling access to specified ...

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