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What are the minimum user rights needed?

I have computers that are publicly exposed and I need to make file security as tight as possible, but to preserve system functionality.
- What are the minimum user rights that I have to set to system drive?
- Can I make system drive invisible, but to preserve system functionality including using programs in the Program Files folder.
- Does system group need to have full access to all files?

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Microsoft has included several security templates that will help you lock down your systems quickly. They can be found in the C:WindowsSecurityTemplates folder and can be configured in the MMC.

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This was first published in November 2004

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