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Local Users and Groups Management on Windows 7 Home?

Recently upgraded the home pc from XP pro, to Windows 7 Home Premium. I'm looking for a solution for a few things that seem to be missing from this edition...

Since Local Users and Groups is blocked on Home Premium, I can't figure out how to manage groups, or even do anything even slightly advanced to users (basically, create/group/picture is it).
net localgroup, net users, net etc dont seem to work - getting "system error 5".

While I'm on the topic, I cant activate (what was once) "Local Security Policy"...

Looking for any help, advice, or even a new direction cuz things is differ'nt on Winnows7...


To clarify, I'm looking to do some of the following, which were simply back in XP-land:

  • remote user only (i.e. no local logon)
  • Grant special privileges for specific user
  • grant access to e.g. C$ share for specific remote user
  • create custom groups for users, to be able to separate privileges of say, my wife's from my kids
  • define quite specifically what each user can do (beyond just standard users)
  • Harden OS (hmm, i guess maybe what i'm looking for is security hardening guide for 7...?)
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I am able to use net commands on windows 7 home premium and I do not get system error 5. Have you tried running cmd as administrator and then typing the net commands?

A registry reference might also help you http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms815238.aspx

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D'oh, tried everything else running as admin, forgot cmdline utils dont elevate... Still, limit in what I can do with net use... still looking for complete(r) solution? e.g. security policy... Thanks. –  AviD Apr 25 '10 at 13:15
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