Chapter 8. What Is a Nonprivileged User?

If you're a Windows programmer today, depending on your age most likely you got your start programming one of Microsoft's early platforms: DOS, 16-bit Windows, or Windows 9X. Some of today's Windows programmers came from UNIX, but I'd say the vast majority grew up in the ghetto (as I did). None of these early platforms had any support for security. There wasn't much need for security back then as DOS and Windows were not multiuser networked platforms. Programmers quickly learned that Windows was a single-user system, and security wasn't part of the picture.

When Windows NT arrived, things changed. The platform suddenly sprouted a new feature called user security and supported things like multiple logons, ...

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