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Step-by-Step Guide to Securing Windows XP Professional in Small and Medium Businesses

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This guide explains how to implement the security measures recommended in the Microsoft Windows XP Security Guide in a small or medium business environment without an Active Directory directory service deployment. These recommendations help ensure that your desktop and laptop systems running Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (SP2) are more secure from the majority of current security threats.
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    2.0

    10/4/2004

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    Step-by-Step Guide to Securing Windows XP Professional with SP2 in Small and Medium Business.pdf

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      This guide explains how to implement the security measures recommended in the Microsoft® Windows XP Security Guide in a small or medium business environment without an Active Directory® directory service deployment. These recommendations help ensure that your desktop and laptop systems running Windows® XP Professional Service Pack 2 (SP2) are more secure from the majority of current security threats. These recommendations also help ensure that users can continue to be efficient and productive with their computers. In addition to the advanced step-by-step guidance in this document, you will also find information on the top security recommendations that Microsoft is making to all customers, from home users to enterprise workers. These recommendations include:
      - Use a firewall such as Windows Firewall, which is included in Windows XP SP2 (and replaces the Internet Connection Firewall).
      - Use Microsoft Windows Update to get and keep your PC up-to-date.
      - Install antivirus software and ensure it is up-to-date.
  • System Requirements

    Supported Operating System

    Windows XP

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  • Additional Information

      You should read this guide if you are planning to deploy Windows XP, or if you are currently administering a number of computers running Windows XP Professional and want to implement a base level of security and protect your desktops and laptops with minimal impact on end users.
      This guide is written for the average small or medium business administrator who may not have extensive training on Microsoft products but needs a quick, step–by–step guide to securing Windows XP in their organization.
      This guide does not address the wide variety of needs and configurations that may be required in a large organization. Additionally, it may not fully address the specific security needs of some organizations. For additional security options and customization information, please refer to the Windows XP Security Guide. Don't want to register to download this guidance? It is also available online.

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