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Installing, Configuring and Using Family Key Logger on multi-user operating systems

Nowadays multi-user operating systems (such as Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP) are reality in many homes. Coming pre-installed on modern computers these operating systems provide easy and comfortable way of using a single PC by all or some members of the family.

Family Key Logger being a tool to monitor typing activity of your family can utilize most up-to-date technologies offered by such operating systems to give you chance to see and know what your kids are doing when they face vast cyberspace.

However installing and configuring Family Key Logger in multi-user environments may sometimes be tricky as it may require additional knowledge of administering multi-user systems. This guide is intended to ease the process of setting up and configuring Family Key Logger. Follow the simple steps discussed below and you will be ready to relax in seconds.

Multi-user environments terms and settings

To proceed further you should probably familiarize with some technical terms used in text below. If you feel that you are an advanced computer user and you know basics of multi-user environments proceed to the next section.

Administrator account – is the first (on newly installed operating systems the only) account. Administrator account is the subject of unlimited (administrative) rights, i.e. if you are logged in as an administrator you can add and delete users of your machine, manage their rights, set user’s folders and disk quotas as well as close programs run under other accounts and shutdown user sessions. The account itself may have any name. To see if it is the administrative account you can open Control Panel and then select Users (User Accounts). In the window that appears you will see the description of each existing account on the system. The administrator’s software can write data both to per-user and to per-machine sections of system registry.

Guest accounts – is a common group of accounts on WindowsNT\2000\XP operating systems that represent users with rights other than administrative. These accounts are created and controlled by system administrator. Important note: the Guest account created by default has the following rights restrictions: user can run programs installed by administrator, install his own programs and modify any data permitted to be modified by administrator. The Guest user’s software can write data to per-user section of registry only. By default Guest users can modify data in ‘Program Files’ folder. However, keep in mind that some administrator may configure user rights of Guests in such a way that some or all of rights mentioned above may not apply to Guest accounts.

Installing Family Key Logger on multi-user operating systems

The first task you will need to accomplish in order to get all the things flying is correctly install Family Key Logger on your computer(s).

Generally, remember the following: you should log-in to your computer with administrator rights to install Family Key Logger fast and easily. This is essential since only the administrator of the system has the right to make Family Key Logger start automatically for every user on your system. Moreover, if you are logged in as a ‘guest’ (guest rights apply) on some systems you may not have the right to even install and definitely un-install programs.

Now, if your system has default rights restrictions for Guest users simply start the Family Key Logger installation program and install software with default settings.

In case that you (or other person with administrative rights) have altered default Guest rights and users under Guest log in cannot modify data in Program Files folder do the following: start the Family Key Logger installation program and install software to some folder that has no restriction for Guest user’s software to write to.

Configuring and using Family Key Logger on multi-user operating systems

After the installation is complete you should set the Family Key Logger Options (once again being logged in under Administrator account). If your goal is to monitor your relatives typing set the Options as follows:

  • Start in hidden mode – check
  • Hide in process list – check
  • Autorun at system startup – check
  • Unhide keystroke – whatever you like (keep in mind that this key combination should be hard to press accidentally (i.e. [Shift]+[Space]) and it should not interfere with other programs global shortcuts (e.g. [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Shift]+[F12] – used by operating system in debug mode and some popular software as well). We recommend using the default keystroke [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Shift]+[K].

    We also recommend removing traces of installation of Family Key Logger both from Start Menu and from Uninstall List. To do so, press appropriate buttons in Options window.

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