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Creating user account without the ability to install anything?

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#1 dizzog


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Posted 31 October 2014 - 06:33 PM

Hi everyone,


I'm currently using windows 7 home premium.

I'm looking to create another account on my computer for a person whom has basically never used a computer in his life. I want it to just have the bare minimum of functionality: basic programs like wordpad/paint/etc., internet browsing (Firefox), and access to programs I've whitelisted.

A Guest account would be an ideal choice right? However, I've had experience in the past where even a standard user account can install software as long as it does not fiddle with the registry or something (Chrome being an example) bypassing UAC completely. In short, I'm afraid that this user can accidentally get malware/spyware from browsing the web (or install malicious software) and it might go on to infect/hijack the entire computer.

Is there any way to create a secure account that will prompt/prevent anything from installing? 


Thanks in advance.

Edited by hamluis, 01 November 2014 - 01:33 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Gen Security - Hamluis.

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#2 ElfBane


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Posted 01 November 2014 - 04:13 AM

Yes and No. Things to read;


1. http://www.pcguru.plus.com/windows7/users_perm.html .

2. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/set-parental-controls#1TC=windows-7 .

3. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-security/disable-users-from-downloading-and-installing/b2ea75d7-9f82-4e40-8a05-21bcd2451a1e .

4. http://superuser.com/questions/197662/how-to-prevent-an-account-from-downloading-in-windows-7 .


Just a bit of light reading, you see. Welcome to the world of Permissions, Group Policy (only on Domains), Local Policy, and Parental Controls.


The simplest would be #4, but that would also lock you out also unless you changed it back. If the person in question is truly as PC challenged as you suggest, then they probably won't figure this out, especially if you make a habit of hiding the Menu bar in the browser. Play around with Parental Controls though, that may have something you can use.


What ever you decide, when setting it up remember to;

A. Put a password on your account so the other can't use it.

B. Set up an account for the other person,,, password protect that if you wish.

Good Luck.

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