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Posted on 2005-03-02
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In a Windows 2000 Domain, what is the best way of creating a policy to inhibit software being added or removed?

There are six Windows XP workstations on the LAN.

We are having a big cleanout of messengering messaging tools like MSN and Yahoo messenger, and are keen that users do not quietly reinstall these apps.

What about Windows messenger? Is there a policy possible to prevent this built-in program from being enabled?
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Lee W, MVP earned 1000 total points
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If your users aren't admins on the machine, then they shouldn't have the ability to install software.
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If you delve into Software Restriction Policies with Windows XP clients, you'll really get fine control over which applications can and cannot run.

For more info about software restriction policies, see:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/rstrplcy.mspx
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by:luv2smile
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The best way to to inhibit software being added or removed is to ensure that your users are NOT local admins on their machines. As leew said, if the user is not an admin....then they won't be able to install software or access any criticial system files or the regiestry. You can enforce software restriction policies, but if your users have local admin rights then they could get around those restrictions and still install/remove software because those policies are not fool proof.
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by:mikeleebrla
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leew is right about the local admin,, but if you want to remove messenger here is how:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302089
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Apologies for my lack of input - flat out - give me another week please to try some of these ideas . .   cheers Mark
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Many thanks - yes I had not noticed until now that a couple of users were members of Domain/Admins as well as Domain/Users.
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