locking icons and folders

mattyl
mattyl used Ask the Experts™
on
is there any way i can lock folders and desktop icons so that the kids cant rename or delete the folders and icons
Comment
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
Please download the Free ware software that need be  install and you would be able to lock the folders. and for desktop icons you can always hide the desktop icon. which no one can access or delete it.
 
Folders to lock or hide:

http://www.softplatz.com/freeware/folder/

http://freeware.brothersoft.com/file_disk_management/folder_tools/

regards
Gopal Krishna K
You can do this with out installing any software....get the desktop exactly the way you want it, and then rename ntuser.dat file (its a hidden file in c:\documents and settings\ then the users profile) and rename it to ntuser.man

This means that if they make any changes, it will get reset when you restart the computer

Author

Commented:
there are no individual profiles on this pc. just all user. no ntuser.dat file
the freeware dont work
How to Generate Services Revenue the Easiest Way

This Tuesday! Learn key insights about modern cyber protection services & gain practical strategies to skyrocket business:

- What it takes to build a cloud service portfolio
- How to determine which services will help your unique business grow
- Various use-cases and examples

what OS is it?

Commented:
DenisCooper has the right idea about renaming the ntuser.dat file.    You probably cannot find the file because it is a System file.

If you are using XP, go to My Computer  

Then in the Tools pull-down menu, select Folder Options

On the View tab,  look towards the middle of the dialog box and find the options for  Hidden Files and Folders,  pick  "Show Hidden Files and Folders"
Right under that,   Un-check   Hide Extensions for Known File Types      click on Apply, then, click on OK.

Now you should be able to see the hidden file     ntuser.dat      You will find it in  C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername

Once you find it, right-mouse click on it, pick Rename       rename the file to:     ntuser.man

Good Luck!

Caddlady      
theGhost_k8Database Consultant

Commented:
programerZ approach
well i'm to in hunt of such things.. try this one....
http://www.codeproject.com/vb/net/FolderHide.asp
Rich RumbleSecurity Samurai
Top Expert 2006
Commented:
You may also try placing the account into the Guests group, this locks down the account from doing much of anything, especially changing system settings and or installing any software. In combination with what was said above, renaming ntuser.dat to ntuser.man is also a good idea
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/archive/winntas/maintain/featusability/creatuse.mspx#ENGAC (still applies to all versions of M$ OS)
-rich

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial