The user account in an operating system determines the access and usage rights of a user in the OS. A guest account for instance has limited rights, so that most critical settings, features and operations cannot be accessed or executed. Administrators of a system have the rights to change user account settings, including security settings.
Accounts Tuner has been designed to provide administrators with a tool to quickly change user related settings. The free program can be used by administrators to change security settings of local and remote users.
These settings are all available in the local or group security policy, but those settings are harder to reach, and not available on all supported operating systems. Especially Windows Home users do not have access to the policy tools.
Accounts Tuner displays all information in its main interface on startup. The username pull down menu can be used to select the information of a specific local user, the server option allows to connect to a server to manage the user accounts of that server as well, but only if it is connected to the local network.
The settings that can be changed are divided into user parameters on the left side, and server parameters on the right.
User parameters include the following options:
Accounts Tuner offers fast access to user account security settings. The program is especially helpful for users of systems without Group Policy Editors, the ease of access however makes it an excellent choice for system with the editor as well.
Accounts Tuner may be used on computers with following operating systems: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 6 required), Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and later. Both 32- and 64-bit systems supported. Administrator rights required for the program to work.
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