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Guide to Securing Computers Using Windows XP Home Edition



Shirley M. Radack


This bulletin summarizes the information provided in NIST SP 800-69 concerning the need to secure Windows XP Home Edition computers, and discusses the security protections that are available to reduce weaknesses, protect privacy, stop attacks and preserve data. SP 800-69 provides practical guidance on how to install Windows XP Home Edition, how to secure new and existing installations, how to secure user accounts and settings, and how to maintain and monitor the security settings. The guidance applies generally to desktop, laptop, and other home systems that run Windows XP Home Edition as the operating system. Topics covered include how SP 800-69 supports the NIST checklists program, which guides information technology administrators and security personnel in selecting effective security settings to reduce the risks of Internet connections and protect systems from attacks. The common threats to Windows XP systems and the controls available to reduce the threats are discussed. NIST's recommendations for improving the security of systems running Windows XP Home Edition are summarized.
ITL Bulletin -


checklists, home computers, information security, information technology, malware, security controls, Service Pack 2, threats, Windows XP Home Edition


Radack, S. (2006), Guide to Securing Computers Using Windows XP Home Edition, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 22, 2024)


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Created November 22, 2006, Updated January 27, 2020