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#1 I_am_CanadianEh?

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 07:52 PM

Well, my dear son is getting to be quite the computer whiz....at 5 years old! :thumbsup:
Why, he knows more about computers and how they work more than I did when I graduated from University, back in 1992. <OMG>

I want to "aggressively limit" his access to programs, partitions, and anything that would harm the computer if he did the wrong thing.

Now, here's my problem.

1) I run Vista Home Premium (READ: no Group Policy Editor, gpedit)
2) Do not, do not, direct me to that massive spreadsheet that Microsoft has available for Vista Home users, that list the registry tweeks for GPEdit....I don't plan on editing the registry manually.
3) Parental Controls help me with controlling which websites to block and which Programs to block, but I need to do MUCH MORE.

a) Prevent access to and hide specific partitions (like the Windows partition) from use.
:flowers: Prevent access to Control panel, Admin functions (ie: Computer Management, Event viewer, etc.)
c) Block regedit from running.
d) Prevent accessing Task Manager (CTRL-ALT-DEL)
e) Disable Right-click (context menu).
f) Show only certain programs in the Start Menu
g) Prevent changes to wallpaper, screen savers, etc.
h) However, allow Antivirus, Firewall, Windows Update to work and update normally, but obviously, prevent access or changes to it.
i) Disable Autorun on all flash drives.
j) Prevent accessing Tools on Internet Explorer or Firefox.

These are just some of the things I want to do.
Think of this as a computer at a Public Library or Resource Centre.....if you ever used one of these, you can see how restrictive they are.

Now, Doug Knox has an excellent Freeware utility for XP Home users (that don't have the Group Policy)....but it says it's only for XP.
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm

Is there any similar program for Vista....Freeware or Shareware??

Thanks. :trumpet:

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 08:09 PM

When you said "library" it came back to me somewhat
It's a free Microsoft application, I just cannot remember the name at the moment
I'll do some searching
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Posted 07 May 2009 - 10:54 AM

Haven't found what I'm looking for yet
Similar discussion here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/225078/software-that-prevents-unauthorized-installation-or-system-changes/
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Posted 07 May 2009 - 11:26 AM

Did you mean "SteadyState"?
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en

Have any experience with it?

Also, what about MagicTweak?
http://www.magictweak.com/

I looked at MagicTweak but it has very little information on support & help. I want to know if there is a difference between the Paid version and trial version so I can make an informed decision. However, it has very good reviews.

So, I may have answered my original question, but now I'm looking for some opinions. :flowers:

Thanks. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 12:10 PM

That's it
I haven't used it. A friend in the Peace Corps. set up a library using it and said it was sufficient for her needs
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Posted 07 May 2009 - 08:17 PM

Edit.

Edited by Dennis H, 07 May 2009 - 08:55 PM.





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