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QUESTION:
How do I configure DCOM on my XP Pro Machine?

ANSWER:
1. Go to the Start menu, select Run..., type dcomcnfg and click the OK button
2. Click on Component Services to expand it
3. Click on Computers under Component Services to expand it
4. Right click on My Computer and select Properties.
5. Select Default Properties tab.
Check the box for "Enable Distributed COM on this computer"

To further configure DCOM security:
5. Select the COM Security tab. You now have to edit Limits and Default permissions for Access as well as Launch and Activation
6. Press the Edit Limits... button in the Access Permissions section
7. Ensure that the ANONYMOUS LOGON account is given Remote Access permissions and press the OK button
8. Press the Edit Limits... button in the launch and Activation Permissions section
9. Ensure that Everyone is given Remote Launch and Remote Activation permissions and press the OK button.
10. Press the Edit Default... button in the Access Permissions section
11. Press the Add... button, add Everyone and press the OK button
NOTE: Alternatively, you could add these permissions to a smaller subset of users than Everyone. One suggested way to accomplish this is to create a group named for example PRTRACKER Users and add relevant users to this group. If this is done then substitute Everyone with PRTracker Users everywhere in these configuration dialogs
12. Ensure that Everyone is given Remote Access permissions and press the OK button
13. Press the Edit Default... button in the launch and Activation Permissions section
14. Press the Add... button, add Everyone and press the OK button
15. Ensure that Everyone is given Remote Launch and Remote Activation permissions and press the OK button
16. Finish the DCOM configuration by pressing the OK button
17. Reboot the machine
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