Creating a user account on XP


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EJM

System Win XP PRO, P4 2.8 GHz, 1.24 GB RAM.
Problem: Age of Empires II won't run with Limited account.

I have not find a solution for this problem: an exception is thrown about
empres2.exe and it mentions a Visual Studio debugger not installed. I don't
want to give the user, in this case my young son, an admin account. So I've
decided to so create a user account from scratch. I want to create a user
account that has all the rights as the admin, less the ability to download,
files, install programs, change registry and other crucial tasks.

Is this possible? Can I downgrade an admin account or upgrade a limited
account? By the way I did give the limited account full NTSF permission on
the entire games folder where the AOE resides - but to no use. Incidentally
this is the same error (less the exe file, that I get when I tried to install
SQL 2005. What gives???

Thanks for your replies,

EJM
 
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Bruce Chambers

EJM said:
System Win XP PRO, P4 2.8 GHz, 1.24 GB RAM.
Problem: Age of Empires II won't run with Limited account.

Have you tried running it in a Win9x-compatibility mode?
I have not find a solution for this problem: an exception is thrown about
empres2.exe and it mentions a Visual Studio debugger not installed. I don't
want to give the user, in this case my young son, an admin account. So I've
decided to so create a user account from scratch. I want to create a user
account that has all the rights as the admin, less the ability to download,
files, install programs, change registry and other crucial tasks.

Is this possible? Can I downgrade an admin account or upgrade a limited
account?


Not really. Oh, you can place some limitations on such an account, but
that user, as an adminitrator, would have the capability of undoing your
precautions.

By the way I did give the limited account full NTSF permission on
the entire games folder where the AOE resides - but to no use. Incidentally
this is the same error (less the exe file, that I get when I tried to install
SQL 2005. What gives???


You may experience some problems if the software was designed for
Win9x/Me, or if it was purportedly intended for WinNT/2K/XP, but was
improperly designed. Quite simply, the application doesn't "know" how to
handle individual user profiles with differing security permissions
levels, or the application is designed to make to make changes to
"off-limits" sections of the Windows registry or protected Windows
system folders.

For example, saved data are often stored in a sub-folder under the
application's folder within C:\Program Files - a place where no
inexperienced or limited user should ever have write permissions.

It may even be that the software requires "write" access to parts
of the registry or protected systems folders/files that are not normally
accessible to regular users. (This *won't* occur if the application is
properly written.) If this does prove to be the case, however, you're
often left with three options: Either grant the necessary users
appropriate higher access privileges (either as Power Users or local
administrators), explicitly grant normal users elevated privileges to
the affected folders and/or part(s) or the registry, or replace the
application with one that was properly designed specifically for
WinNT/2K/XP.

Some Programs Do Not Work If You Log On from Limited Account
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q307091

Additionally, here are a couple of tips suggested, in a reply to a
different post, by MS-MVP Kent W. England:

"If your game or application works with admin accounts, but not with
limited accounts, you can fix it to allow limited users to access the
program files folder with "change" capability rather than "read" which
is the default.

C:\>cacls "Program Files\appfolder" /e /t /p users:c

where "appfolder" is the folder where the application is installed.

If you wish to undo these changes, then run

C:\>cacls "Program Files\appfolder" /e /t /p users:r

If you still have a problem with running the program or saving settings
on limited accounts, you may need to change permissions on the registry
keys. Run regedit.exe and go to HKLM\Software\vendor\app, where
"vendor\app" is the key that the software vendor used for your specific
program. Change the permissions on this key to allow Users full control."


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Bruce Chambers

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