Can't access Local Security Policy or Computer Management

Ronald Hicks
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Working with a computer that was once a company owned client on a domain, and which has been disabled in many ways.  I've been able to restore a lot of functionality (such as task scheduler) by blowing away the administrator password, but even logged on as administrator in safemode or an admin account in regular mode I can't access Computer Management or Services.  They reply that they lre locked down by security policies, and when I try to open Local Security Manager (from Help and Support) I'm told that I don't have rights to it.  As an admin yet!!  Obviolsly the techs who locked it down have tweaked a registy setting to deny access to Local Security Policy.  Anyone got any idea what that might be?  Machine is running XP Pro SP3.

Thanks, Ron Hicks, Arlington, Virginia
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You may have to restore the default security settings on your machine, below link can take you to the steps;
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313222
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Silly question, but is it still a domain member? If so, make sure you have a local account with a password, and migrate it to a workgroup..... Should be ok there.....
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Hmmm.  Not necessarily a silly questin johnbell6767.  I ran into this once before with another similarly gifted machine to an employee.   I discovered that even after a year of being used at home, it was still a domain client.  Must check this out.  Thanks..  I'll probably be this weekend before I get back to this machine.
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Not tested any of these yet.  Don't know how soon I will be able to.  Don't want to hang out there and be considered abandoned.

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