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User Accounts for XP Pro

I am trying to set up some computers for the internet that are used in a library, they want to have an account for the public that has internet access but not be able to download and or install programs on the computer. that would be done under the admin account which would be password protected. I have seen computers set up this way, I have been reading how to do it but can't find how to do it...the comptuers are running windows xp pro....Thanks
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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
I would recommend looking at software such as Deep Freeze:
http://www.faronics.com/

They provide a comprehensive solution to the type of environment you're in.

Hope this helps!

:o)

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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
are the computers on a domain?  if so, this is best done via group policy.

if they are not on a domain, set up the public account as a GUEST account, and then restrict access to various menu components with registry edits or local policy edits.  the GUEST account will, by default, prevent program installation and will not keep "saved" items once the account is logged out.  however, you'll also want to make sure the user does not have access to the Run command line, or All Programs, or C drive navigation.

read here for how to set up an internet Kiosk (assuming computers are not on a domain): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555463

i would also recommend reading here to supplement the link above:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_22698546.html

something like this can assist you with the config: http://www.emailarms.com/products/internet_kiosk.html  (you can do all of these tasks with out the software ... it is just a tool of convenience)
some other tools of convenience here: http://search.techrepublic.com.com/search/Internet+and+PC+and+home+PC+and+workstation.html
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chuckyhCommented:
I think this article should point you in the right direction.
http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/pubs/security/paws.html
Good luck!
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chuckyhCommented:
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
this thread also has some good tips / resources: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=515848
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jpnmoreAuthor Commented:
it looksl ike there should be something here to help..will read them over and see if any of them do what they what they want it to, the other thing that i did'nt mention is that the public will need to be able to use the programs that are installed on the computer.....Jpnmore
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captainCommented:
Try HDGUARD, DeepFreeze has been cracked before....http:\\www.rdt-global.com
Is pure software and is reasonably cheap.

Beats all the nonsense with policies et al, just switch off and on and all back to supergood

hth
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captainCommented:
Here is the link for the trail, other www seems more developers website...this is a fully working version but has no password protection (need license key for that)

http://hdguard.rdt.de/HDGUARD6.exe
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johnb6767Commented:
Windows SteadyState
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/sharedaccess/default.mspx

Here is the newest MS Version of theier toolkits....
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captainCommented:
If you use HDGUARD you can let users do whatever you want them to do without worrying what they could do that you don't want them too.

Anything they do is discarded when you reboot and all you have to do is install the system in the config that you need, install the product, activate it and reboot.

Try trashing it, fdisk it or download trojans. It looks like you succeed and the system is dead. Then reboot. Full service resumes.... Its great, have it installed on my sons laptop, never fails...

hth
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