Adding privileges to an account

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Conficker, May 26, 2009.

  1. Conficker

    Conficker Guest


    Is there anybody in this world who can tell me:

    I have posted this question on many forums, and haven't got appropriate
    answer yet. It is pretty frustrating that most people, even the
    moderators of some forums, don't know that SECPOL.MSC and GPEDIT.MSC
    tools are definitely not available in Home editions of XP and Vista.

    But let's get to the problem.
    Like I said, I have Vista Home Premium 32bit installed on my laptop,
    and I run it with Administrator account.
    For some reasons I need to add "Debug programs" privilege to my
    This wouldn't be such a problem if I could use secpol.msc or
    gpedit.msc. But I cannot because these tools are not available in Home
    Premium. Whenever I try to run them by typing their names in Run dialog,
    after I hit Enter I get the message:
    "Windows cannot find 'secpol.msc'(/'gpedit.msc'). Make sure you typed
    the name correctly, and try again".

    I have lost plenty of time searching the WEB before I found out that
    these two tools are excluded from Home editions of Vista (and XP). Some
    smart guys in Microsoft decided that they are not necessary as most of
    the settings that can be done with them are nothing but plain registry
    settings. So they left us users to use Regedit tool instead.

    OK, now I am aware that, in order to assign "Debug programs" privilege
    tu my user rights, I have to mess with Registry. We all know how
    dangerous it can be, especially for a newbie like me. I can't even
    imagine which entries should I have to add or modify there.

    So I'd appreciate very much if someone could give me detailed, step by
    step, instructions - how to add "Debug programs" privilege to my
    Administrator account through the Registry.

    Thanks in advance.
    Conficker, May 26, 2009
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  2. Conficker

    Brink Guest

    Hello Conficker,

    I'm not sure what you are trying to do using this. I looked in my
    secpol.msc. and by default, Administrator accounts have privileges for
    "Debug Programs". You might see if using the built-in Administrator
    account may work better for you with it.


    Hope this helps,

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    Brink, May 26, 2009
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