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how to lock down a windows xp pro machine to prevent users from lauching programs and getting rid of features like shut down or control panel

Hi there i have been reading up on Group policies in xp but am having troubles setting them up.  I have a windows xp pro machine with sp2 and I want to setup a user account for other people to use but only allow them limited access.  How do i step by step setup a group policy for a specific user to remove things like the start menu or control panel.  Thanks
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b0lsc0ttCommented:
snipa911,

Have you tried the Guest's group.  That account is even more limited than the User group.  It may not be what you are looking for but if you haven't tried it then I would try it first.  It is already set up in Windows XP.

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PaperTigerCommented:
What kind of limited access? I have 25 laptops running around and haven't used the group policy yet.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
There is a Microsoft XP "tool kit" specificly designed to help create policies and lock down computers that are shared with multiple users. I think You would find it helpful:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sharedaccess/overview.mspx
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SunBowCommented:
I disagree.

Limit user access to servers, let them access the PC
If there is something you do not want them to do, then tell them, instruct them, make business policy and enforce it.

> How do i step by step setup a group policy for a specific user to remove things like the start menu or control panel

Removing start menu and control panel is not a good idea, more trouble than it is worth.

If you really need to do that kind of thing, checkout kiosks, Windows Terminal Server, and Citrix for lockdown assisteance as well as consolidation of efforts for policy making

You cannot completely defend against someone with hands on the machine, you eventually have to trust them at some point.
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PaperTigerCommented:
This is probably what you are looking for. I use this to lock down my computers that I do not want others to touch.

http://www.softheap.com/secagent.html
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uberpoopCommented:
I started to type it out, then I thought this must be somewhere...
Just follow steps 1 - 14.

How to apply local policies to all users except administrators in a workgroup setting in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/293655
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b0lsc0ttCommented:
snipa911,

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Rob WilliamsCommented:
snipa911, any success with any of the above suggestions?
--Rob
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