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How To Limit A User Account To Internet Browsing Only


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#1 Yorkie

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 02:09 AM

Hi,

I have a laptop which other people use now and again. I have set up a limited user account (my operating system is xp sp3) but wanted to know if it is possible to limit this account further so people using it can only access the desktop and not "My Computer" and the "Start" menu etc.

Ideally I just want people using it to only be able to access the internet through either Firefox or IE.

Has anyone any ideas?

Is there any free software that will make it easier to do as I've heard that there is Public PC Desktop software but most of them seem not to be free?


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Posted 30 August 2008 - 01:18 PM

Well this should help a little.

Setting up user accounts.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s...accounts.mspx#1

Then make some folders private (Read this throughly so you understand how the accounts work)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930987

There are also ways to encrypt folders so they need a password by using winzip or a utility like Kurptos 2 or AxCrypt. There are also other software programs that you can purchase.

These programs will only partially do what I think it is you want. You could always set up another partition with another operating system, but I think you might be satisfied with just running seperate user accounts.
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 04:25 PM

Thanks, but I have already done these things.

What I really would like to do is limit this account so people using it can only access the desktop and not "My Computer" and the "Start" menu etc. and I just want people using it to only be able to access the internet through either Firefox or IE.

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 06:11 PM

There are many ways to do this - but most of them depend on the user not knowing how to get around them.

The easiest way is to create a shortcut with the target of "iexplore -k" - then insert that shortcut into that account's startup folder.
The only easy way to close that browser window is by using the Alt + F4 key combination - or by Ctrl-Alt-Del and ending the iexplore process.
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Posted 01 September 2008 - 12:32 AM

I'd do some research on "Kiosks". also there are tweaks programs that can customize windows to remove features and menus and control panels and stuff. You just have to use them on just the kiosk account and not on the other accounts.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 11:58 AM

There are many ways to do this - but most of them depend on the user not knowing how to get around them.

The easiest way is to create a shortcut with the target of "iexplore -k" - then insert that shortcut into that account's startup folder.
The only easy way to close that browser window is by using the Alt + F4 key combination - or by Ctrl-Alt-Del and ending the iexplore process.



I tried the "iexplore -k" option but Windows did not recognise it and returned an error message.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 12:08 PM

Windows Steady State

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 03:59 PM

Thanks a lot cryptodan.

I will have a proper look at it tomorrow but it sound like it could do the job and it appears that it's free which is a bonus.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 05:56 PM

Thanks a lot cryptodan.

I will have a proper look at it tomorrow but it sound like it could do the job and it appears that it's free which is a bonus.



Happy lockin down your system.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 12:24 PM

I have Windows Steady State installed and it does exactly what I wanted. It is easy to use and to be honest I can't believe this is not part of the standard Windows XP set-up as it is good for any computer set-up both at home and for internet cafe's, business etc.

Thanks again cryptodan it was a great find on your part.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 12:31 PM

I have Windows Steady State installed and it does exactly what I wanted. It is easy to use and to be honest I can't believe this is not part of the standard Windows XP set-up as it is good for any computer set-up both at home and for internet cafe's, business etc.

Thanks again cryptodan it was a great find on your part.


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