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Any harm in changing a user's group membership?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Bert Hyman, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. Bert Hyman

    Bert Hyman Flightless Bird

    I know that deleting a userid and creating a new user with the same name
    will have really nasty results with ownership of objects, etc., but what
    about simply changing the group membership?

    I'd like to change a member of the "Administrator" group to "Power User"
    or simply "User" for a while to see what (if anything) stops working,
    but only if I know that I can always change it back if things get
    strange.

    --
    Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert@iphouse.com
     
  2. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    Bert Hyman wrote:
    > I know that deleting a userid and creating a new user with the same name
    > will have really nasty results with ownership of objects, etc., but what
    > about simply changing the group membership?
    >
    > I'd like to change a member of the "Administrator" group to "Power User"
    > or simply "User" for a while to see what (if anything) stops working,
    > but only if I know that I can always change it back if things get
    > strange.


    It won't hurt anything other than user rights conferred by group membership.

    John
     
  3. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Bert Hyman" <bert@iphouse.com> wrote in message
    news:Xns9DEE81D7AF16AVeebleFetzer@216.250.188.141...
    >I know that deleting a userid and creating a new user with the same name
    > will have really nasty results with ownership of objects, etc., but what
    > about simply changing the group membership?
    >
    > I'd like to change a member of the "Administrator" group to "Power User"
    > or simply "User" for a while to see what (if anything) stops working,
    > but only if I know that I can always change it back if things get
    > strange.
    >
    > --
    > Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert@iphouse.com


    You shouldn't have any problem changing it, but remember you'll have to
    login as an admin to promote it back to an administrator.
    --
    SC Tom
    -There's no such thing as TMI when asking for tech support.
     
  4. Yousuf Khan

    Yousuf Khan Flightless Bird

    On 09/09/2010 1:45 PM, Bert Hyman wrote:
    > I know that deleting a userid and creating a new user with the same name
    > will have really nasty results with ownership of objects, etc., but what
    > about simply changing the group membership?
    >
    > I'd like to change a member of the "Administrator" group to "Power User"
    > or simply "User" for a while to see what (if anything) stops working,
    > but only if I know that I can always change it back if things get
    > strange.
    >


    I've seen sometimes that certain programs do not start when a user is
    running in non-administrator mode. Usually it's things in their startup
    that give these kinds of problems.

    Yousuf Khan
     
  5. Bert Hyman

    Bert Hyman Flightless Bird

    In news:-O7TRVlEULHA.2064@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl John John - MVP
    <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote:

    > Bert Hyman wrote:
    >>
    >> I'd like to change a member of the "Administrator" group to "Power
    >> User" or simply "User" for a while to see what (if anything) stops
    >> working, but only if I know that I can always change it back if
    >> things get strange.

    >
    > It won't hurt anything other than user rights conferred by group
    > membership.


    I changed my own group membership to "Power User."

    The first thing I noticed was that during the login process, some
    malformed, incompletely drawn window popped up and stayed stuck in the
    middle of the screen. There wasn't enough content for me to indentify
    it.

    In Task Manager, the only running application was "Visual C++ runtime
    library" (quoting from memory). Nothing showed up in the process list
    that caught my attention. I could drag the window around, and after
    clicking in the spot where the "X" to close button should be, it went
    away.

    Then, I saw that the "Quick Launch" section of the toolbar was empty,
    although the blank space appeared to be the same size as it had been
    when populated. Attempts to put things into that space got me an error
    to the effect that I couldn't create shortcuts there and would I like to
    put it on the desktop instead.

    That was enough for me to change my group membership back to
    Administrators until I've done some more research.

    --
    Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert@iphouse.com
     
  6. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    Bert Hyman wrote:
    > In news:-O7TRVlEULHA.2064@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl John John - MVP
    > <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote:
    >
    >> Bert Hyman wrote:
    >>> I'd like to change a member of the "Administrator" group to "Power
    >>> User" or simply "User" for a while to see what (if anything) stops
    >>> working, but only if I know that I can always change it back if
    >>> things get strange.

    >> It won't hurt anything other than user rights conferred by group
    >> membership.

    >
    > I changed my own group membership to "Power User."
    >
    > The first thing I noticed was that during the login process, some
    > malformed, incompletely drawn window popped up and stayed stuck in the
    > middle of the screen. There wasn't enough content for me to indentify
    > it.
    >
    > In Task Manager, the only running application was "Visual C++ runtime
    > library" (quoting from memory). Nothing showed up in the process list
    > that caught my attention. I could drag the window around, and after
    > clicking in the spot where the "X" to close button should be, it went
    > away.
    >
    > Then, I saw that the "Quick Launch" section of the toolbar was empty,
    > although the blank space appeared to be the same size as it had been
    > when populated. Attempts to put things into that space got me an error
    > to the effect that I couldn't create shortcuts there and would I like to
    > put it on the desktop instead.
    >
    > That was enough for me to change my group membership back to
    > Administrators until I've done some more research.


    These things were setup while the user had administrative privileges,
    when you demote the account some of these things no longer work due to
    insufficient rights.

    John
     

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