Sunday, July 31, 2005

System Requirements

Least privilege protection is available in Windows XP systems installed on NTFS hard drives. The other hard drive option for Win XP is the Fat32 file system, but Fat32 offers no protection against malware and spyware. Luckily, 1) checking for NTFS is easy, 2) if you are on Fat32, converting to NTFS is easy, and 3) most Win XP systems are on NTFS in the first place. To check your file system, go to Windows Explorer, right click on your C: drive, and choose Properties. The "File System" is on the third line down, and it says "File System:". On most Win XP systems, it will say NTFS.

If your File System is Fat32, you can convert to NTFS by closing all applications, going to a Command Prompt (Start, All Programs, Accessories, Command Prompt) and typing this command:

convert c: /fs:ntfs

Where c: is the drive you want to convert (normally, that would be c:).

The conversion process will start after reboot. FAT32 will be converted to NTFS "without of data loss", but the wise would do a complete backup, "just in case".

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