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I really like some of the linux security measures it uses.

So what i'd like to do is have WinXP Pro SP3 ask for my user password everytime i try to install/remove software.

I know I can't make windows be as secure as linux, but i'd love to adopt some of the great ideas and measures used, as possible, to make windows more secure.

Any suggestions?

P.S. Are there other people out there, who try to make their windows feel more linux like? Just curious.

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My ps question, was referring to those who customize their desktops, to have a linux-like feel to them. My main problem is that I am stuck with my current hardware, and I have tried Windows 7, and my hardware can not work with it. So I am trying to find out what I can do to tighten my security. – crosenblum Dec 16 '12 at 9:07

This feature already exists in all supported versions of Windows (namely Vista and above). It's called UAC.

If you set yourself up as a normal (standard) user and attempt to install software you will be immediately prompted for an administrator password.

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Unfortunately, my question is for WinXP Pro SP3. I was hoping for some registry or group policy I could create, that would do this. – crosenblum Dec 13 '12 at 23:25
To do this on the unsupported operating system of Windows XP SP3 (which has numerous serious performance and security problems compared to in-service editions of Windows - you really need to upgrade), try creating your account as a standard user rather than an administrator. Your account will then not be able to edit files and folders under the "Program Files" directory. – SecurityMatt Dec 14 '12 at 9:45
Doesn't that just block installing software, or does it ask for my password? Because what i'd like to happen, is that as I try to install software it automatically asks for my password. Yes, I could upgrade my OS but my hardware isn't supported by newer OSES, so that options is not available to me. – crosenblum Dec 14 '12 at 23:13
It blocks installing software from your account and then requires you to login as an administrator to run the installer (e.g. via "runas"). – SecurityMatt Dec 15 '12 at 13:28
Since I can't afford new computer or hardware, and windows 7, doesn't support my hardware, my only option is switch 100% to linux or stay at Windows xp. So i have no choice but to make the most of it. Yes I know WinXP has holes, some of us don't have the luxury of being able to afford new pc's, so we must do with what we do have. – crosenblum Dec 16 '12 at 9:04

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