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Block user installations (Block setup.exe and install.exe)

This seems like something Microsoft would have a solution for... but I cannot find any info on the Microsoft KB.
I want to BLOCK users from installing games, personal software, etc. I found an app called InstallBlock. This seems to work but I would like another solution.

I have tried using group policy but that does not seem to work. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.

All advice is greatly appreciated.
Thanks!
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ibu1Commented:
Windows 98 does not have the security features to prevent a user from installing, or accessing any program on the HD. Not only does it not come with the account permissions the NT/2k/XP have, but 98 also does not support NTFS. (which is required to restrict HD access)
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blue_zeeCommented:

Basically the above comment is correct.

This article may be useful for you:

Using Poledit: Policy Editor to help secure Windows 95/98/ME computers
http://www.zisman.ca/poledit/

Zee
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BillDLCommented:
I would suggest issuing a "responsible use" policy to all users informing them it is a disciplinary offence regarded as gross misconduct to insert any unauthorised storage media, or to install any programs, utilities, or applications into or onto any of the company computers without prior authorisation.  Dismiss the first person who does so, and it will set an example to the other users.

Sounds a bit draconian, I know, but there are wider corporate issues that are more important than irresponsible users who ignore company policies and place the company at risk from malware and licensing breaches.

Apart from Poledit, that's really just about as far as you can go without the benefits of the NTFS file and folder security offered by NT-based operating systems or a 3rd-party program.
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BillDLCommented:
Thank you LeeTutor and Computer101
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