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Flaw bugs Office 2000 customers

A software slipup in Microsoft’s latest update to Office 2000 results in the application repeatedly asking some customers to register the program. The glitch apparently affects only Office 2000 users who don’t have administrative rights on their computer, a Microsoft representative said Thursday. “They are experiencing unexpected registration prompts, but it doesn’t interfere with product functionality,” he said. Administrative rights allow a PC user to exercise total control over the computer’s data. Giving such rights to nontechnical employees is considered by many security experts to be an unacceptable risk for companies. Thus, the glitch effectively hurts some companies that have implemented a good security policy. Windows 2000 allows PC users to have one of several different levels of access to a computer: administrator, power user, limited and guest. Windows XP allows users to be assigned to the standard group with administrator privileges, a restricted group that has more limited privileges, or a custom group set up by the network administrator. Full Story

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