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Extra controls for limited users in Windows XP

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So, I created a limited user in a computer for my kid so he can play games with it.
I thought a limited user would be "limited" but seems it has too much freedom.
He can access the control panel and change anything. He can change all the desktop settings like themes, wallpaper, etc.
I don't want them to change anything in the control panel, nor the display settings.
Is there a way to lock this out for limited users ?
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Jay_Jay70 earned 2000 total points
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http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sharedaccess/default.mspx

this should help you if you really want to nail it
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by:fischermx
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Yes, thanks. I've just found that some minutes ago.

In a second thought, I was thinking what if I restrict access to all *.cpl files in windows\system32 to the "Users" groups.
Could that do it ?
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by:Jay_Jay70
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you could if you wanted to too buts its a messy way of doing it :) just hide them from view
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by:fischermx
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How do I hide them from view ? I'm almost feel embarashed, I've used windows since 3.1 but never was in the situation of having to restrict access to other people in the same computer.

Also, this tool from Microsoft seems to take total control of the computer. What I want is to still having totally unrestricted access for me, as Administrator, and have a totally restricted access to the kid's user.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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it does give you unrestricted...you can still do as you would as an admin :)
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by:fischermx
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Ok, thanks.

Regarding your other comment, about hidden it. How do I hide the control panel and its options ?
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by:Jay_Jay70
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you can do it via policy, but then you lose it for everyone
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by:johnb6767
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Hide Control Panel Applets
http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/522/

While his user is an admin, make these changes into the HKCU portion of his registry (while he is logged in. ). Then remove teh admin rights, and log back in.

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by:McKnife
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"He can access the control panel and change anything" - no, try it. Far away from anything, he cannot change anything that disturbes your accounts.
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by:fischermx
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Agreed. He cannot change anything that disturbes my account, but he can screw up his own account !! :)
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by:McKnife
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Yeehaw, let him, he needs the lessons.
In xp pro there is the group policy editor, in home just the registry. What I am talking about is http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/regentry/58876.mspx?mfr=true
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by:Rich Rumble
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Try the Guest group instead of the users group, you can't do much of anything in that account.
-rich
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by:fischermx
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I'm going to install the shared access toolkit, but in the meantime I took McKnife advise: let them screw the system. :)



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