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Windows Xp I Want To Disable Most Feaures On The Computer


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#1 Still_Learning

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 02:34 AM

(im currenlty running this porject for both windows xp and vista)

pretty much i want to be the Admin of a computer and i want the non admin accounts to only be able to surf the web and use ms word. i don't care what they do online or what they use ms word for. i just want to make sure my younger siblings cant change the registry files by downloading some crazy virus or free ring tones garbage. im forced to fix the computer at least one a month. i just want to make our computer like the ones in high schools where you cant do anything bu surf the web and type. i definienlty dont want them installing. changin things in the registry or delted needed files i want to hide the program files and the win32 and all that.

thanks!

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with window vista's and xp's basic "limited users" it blocked both uninstaling programs and installing. Great. now all i need to do is figure out how to prevent regesrty acces by anything (because the computer is already setup for the needs of the family ms word, firefox, nero etc etc)

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 05:19 AM

Hello Still_Learning and welcome.

Have you tried http://www.sandboxie.com/
Also making a virtual operating system using http://www.virtualbox.org/ its very easy and if they break it you can just delete the virtual drive or replace it with a backup.
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 12:17 AM

Hello Still_Learning and welcome.

Have you tried http://www.sandboxie.com/
Also making a virtual operating system using http://www.virtualbox.org/ its very easy and if they break it you can just delete the virtual drive or replace it with a backup.


well i tried them both looks like sandboxie really slows things down and deep freeze or is it cold freeze i forget which wont let you save research papers unless its to an external device or the thawed partition

which brings me to my next question if im the Admin of the computer and other people cant install or uninstall programs shouldnt i be safe? no body can install anythign unless its me and i know what im doing. or can a virus still get in on a limited account and install toolbars and the such...?

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 07:15 AM

Just to relate my experiences with my teenagers. I've used limited accounts, service and IP address blocking on my router, "nanny-ware" to prevent them from visiting bad places, restrictive policies in IE, numerous anti-everything programs. Despite all of that, they still managed to get infected. The last time I checked, my oldest boy had over 700 infections on his system (needless to say, I won't allow it to connect to my home network).

So, the wife let him use the Guest account on her old system for schoolwork (and they've gotten a bit more responsible as they got older). Yesterday I looked at it and AVG was corrupted and couldn't be repaired or uninstalled. Rather than check everything out, I just took the computer away, reformatted it, and installed it as another workstation at the wife's office.

The bad guys (and people who cater to younger users) have ways around this - so you'll find that there's stuff on the system that you don't want.

Now that my boys are older, I've only got one rule for them ... If my network starts getting attacked by foreign IP addresses on a regular basis, they're cut off from the internet. I continually monitor the activity on my network, and will give internet access back when the attacks subside and a suitable period of time has passed (several months).
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