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Hiding the control panel / network connections


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#1 AParent

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 09:01 PM

I have teenage children. Despite my husband and I's attempts to keep them from "wandering", we found that they can run off to an "open" wireless connection. I found something about GPEDIT.msc but only found it for Win XP Professional. What is the impact of this on an account that is set up as "limited" versus an account that is set up as "Administrator". Is there a way to recover the Control panel if needed?

The primary focus is to not allow the ability to get to the network connections to change the wireless settings to another site but to keep it at what is set. Any help would be appreciated!

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 11:55 PM

Hi AParent. Welcome to BleepingComputer :-)

You can create a limited account for your teenager kids. They wont be able to change any system settings that way. The Network Connections settings are greyed out (disabled) in such an account. To create a limited account. Goto Control Panel > User Accounts and click on Create a new account when asked choose Limited Account

Besides as a parent concerned about kids, you should use FREE OpenDNS' DNS servers ( http://www.opendns.com ). You need to register at their site and choose options what kind of sites you want to filter (like porn, drugs, hatred etc). Then download their client and install it. More information at their site.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:05 AM

The children are on a limited account. Unfortunately, they have the ability to change the which signal to use if they find an open one. I verified this on one of their machines. When I found out about removing the control panel, I wanted to know if this was something an "Admin" account can toggle on and off but on a "limited" account, it cannot be changed. As long as there is an open signal, it bypasses too much safeguards.

Thanks for the OpenDNS information. I will look into it.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 01:56 PM

I need help to understand more about Group Policy. Is it in Win XP Professional by default (which is why we have the "Admin" and "Limited" accounts). I want to use the GPEdit.msc but I don't know if it will mess up the computer for my Admin account.

Has anyone used this before?




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