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XP Tweak: how do I prevent users from installing programs


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Posted 06 October 2008 - 04:03 PM

I know I can use the limited account to prevent users from installing programs, but that is NOT an option in this case :thumbsup: . I need a reg tweak that will effectively do the same thing with an admin account on XP home edition.

I found a tweak that will "Restrict Users from Running Specific Applications"

where you create a new subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun

then create new values for each application:

"winword.exe"


Here is a question to throw out there for discussion:

can i use wildcards in the above tweak??? ex: will creating the key above with this value "d:\*.exe" prevent users from running any exe files from a cd???? I know I can always test it and find out but lets see what conversation(s) this starts..........

Back to the original question, What reg tweak will prevent users from installig apps on a admin account on xp home addition???


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Posted 06 October 2008 - 04:56 PM

You could try the fix at Kelly's Korner.

Disbale Installer - #366 on the right.

I haven't used it myself so I'm not exactly sure how it works.
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Posted 07 October 2008 - 06:05 PM

thanx that looks exactly like what I am looking for.


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Posted 21 October 2008 - 10:58 AM

UPDATE: the above tweak works but there are some missing dword values that the linked resource does not reference.
Using the above tweak I was not able to disable msi installer because I was using a admin account. See below for full explanation of tweak.
WARNING: IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION, DON'T USE IT. YOU CAN BREAK YOUR 'PUTER. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

You have been warned.

Disable Windows Installer
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer]
Value Name: DisableMSI
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = admin only, 2 = disabled)



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