Debug programs

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Debug programs


This user right determines which users can attach a debugger to any process or to the kernel. Developers who are debugging their own applications to not need to be assigned this user right. Developers who are debugging new system components will need this user right to be able to do so. This user right provides complete access to sensitive and critical operating system components.


  • Assigning this user right can be a security risk. Only assign this user right to trusted users.


  • Administrators

  • Local System

Configuring this security setting

You can configure this security setting by opening the appropriate policy and expanding the console tree as such: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment\

For specific instructions about how to configure security policy settings, see Edit security settings on a Group Policy object.

For more information, see: