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Do not attempt to implement any of the settings in this guide without first testing. These recommendations should be applied only to the Windows XP Home Edition Systems and will not work Windows 9X/ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003. Portions of the guidance in this publication might be applicable to other versions of Windows XP, but the guidance has not been tested on any versions of Windows XP other than Windows XP Home Edition.

This document is only a guide containing recommended security settings; it is not meant to replace well-structured policy or sound judgment. Furthermore this guide does not address site-specific configuration issues. Care must be taken when implementing this guide to address local operational and policy concerns.

This document was developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Pursuant to title 17 Section 105 of the United States Code this document is not subject to copyright protection and is in the public domain. NIST assumes no responsibility whatsoever for its use by other parties, and makes no guarantees, expressed or implied, about its quality, reliability, or any other characteristic. We would appreciate acknowledgement if the document is used.

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  • Guidance for Securing Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    • 2006-09-29 - Final Release
    • 2006-07-31 - Draft Release

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