No default Administrator ownership of files

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Operating systems should assign ownership of files to the administrator group. XP does this somewhat inconsistently, some files are assigned to the built-in admin account and others to the admin group. No problem if there is only one admin. Could become an issue in .NET which seems to be built on XP code. In any case, to avoid a potential gotcha!, there is a registry hack:

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa
Name: NoDefaultAdminOwner
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 0 default=1
Note this is one of the hacks you have to be careful of value that makes it take effect. A double negative is ...

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