Keeping guests from using specific programs on my computer.

Posted on 2004-11-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Hello all,   I just started into comps about 3 years ago so this may seem like a stupid question. I am running XP with Serv. Pack 2. My problem is there are certain programs I have installed that I do not wish other users of my computer to have access to. Is there a way to keep all other users from these paticular programs and keep them off the Guests desktop without limiting guests use of unit while I am not home?
 Thank you in advance for any responses!
Question by:Vscor
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    Hello Vscor =)

    Yeps You can do it, via Registry :)

    Restrict Users from Running Specific Applications
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    And if u are using WinXP Pro, you can also use Group Policy to restrict users from running certain applications :)

    How do I prevent users from running certain applications?
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    by:Paul S
    the previous answers are great!

    you can also set the NTFS permissions on the programs to only allow certain users. this works best in xp pro, in xp home it is harder.

     you could put a password on the guest account and only give it to guests. you could just disable the guest account and enable when guests come over. if you use an account with a password for the guest account change the password after each guest visits.

    if you have XP Pro, Start Menu > Run > gpedit.msc

    you can play with that program.

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