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configure system to allow access only for some programs

Posted on 2003-12-02
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Hello!

so far I grant access to two xp admin accounts in my computer for my two brothers. They don't know a word about computers, so I'd like to grant them limited access to the computer only for programs like "msn messenger", "microsoft word", "kazaa" and a limited list of websites.

I am wondering if you could give to me a detailed explanation on how to create two windows accounts (I am not sure whether is better two admin or two limited) so my brothers are able to enjoy chatting in msn and downloading all kind of stuff in kazaa, while I am still the only administrator of the computer.

- I don't want them being able to install games.
- I don't want them being able to change screen resolution
- I don't want them being able to modify files in other folders than their personal "My Documents" folder.
- I want them being able to change their desktop wallpaper, and the position of the icons in the desktop, but not to add or remove icons to or from the desktop.

You probably are answering to this questions that I should create two "limited" accounts, but I think it is not enough. I want to provide them access only to msn and kazaa, and not to worry whether they can mess up the start menu-programs list or stupid things like that.

I know that there is a message I could obtain when trying to access to some programs from a limited account. In that situation a msgbox ask the user to enter an admin password to run the program as an admin. How to avoid this?
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You need to check out WinXP's ability to use "Software Restriction Policies".  This feature can be tuned to allow or disallow individual programs.

But beware... it's not for the faint-of-heart...  you'll have to learn alot about the entire subject of Security Policies (something that most folks go to classes for!)
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