Read only access to Date and Time Properties

Hi experts,

I set up a Power User on a standalone pc, unfortunately he cannot open Date and Time Properties by double clicking on the current time or Control Panel.

What I need to do is to allow him to do this, but prevent him from changing any settings there. So sort of a read only access to this part of windows

Cheers.
pretentious_indifferenceAsked:
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
If the user only needs to see the date time why not just let them use the clock in the notification area on the taskbar (which also shows the date if you hover over it). Just enable the clock on the taskbar.
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pretentious_indifferenceAuthor Commented:
the clock is enabled on the taskbar but just cannot be open. the user needs to be able to see the month calendar and current time to a second.
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and235100Commented:
How about adding the power user into:
Security Settings --> Local Policies --> User Rights Assignments --> "Change the system time"

in the local security policy?
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
But that would let then change the system time/date...
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and235100Commented:
Yes - but as far as I can see - that is the only way you can get a non-admin user to bring up the date/time properties...

A third-party application is probably the best bet - plenty around...
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and235100Commented:
For example - freeware utility that won;t let the user change the time:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Clocks-Time-Management/Led-Digital-Clock.shtml
(requires Java)
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pretentious_indifferenceAuthor Commented:
ok, thanks guys, I will try it :)
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Or use the google desktop sidebar :-)
googledesktop.JPG
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and235100Commented:
Ha! Knew there would a suitable opportunity for posting images on E-E (outside of the Lounge!)
=^)
Much nicer...
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pretentious_indifferenceAuthor Commented:
ok, sorry no google desktop on my computer ;)
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Download it free - http://desktop.google.com/
You can then add free gagets (just like the windows sidebar for vista)
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pretentious_indifferenceAuthor Commented:
kcts,

sorry, my vague answer... i thought there's a way of fixing this keeping GUI the same.

cheers
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snowdog01Commented:
There is a local security policy that allows assigned users the ability to change the date/time.  I suggest looking into assigning this specific user and this specific PC so that you don't open a can of worms in your organization.

Look under Local Security Settings > Local Policy > User Rights Assignment > Change the System Time

changetime.jpg
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and235100Commented:
snowdog01 - read the question, and existing comments before posting identical information to what has been posted before.
I already stated this as an option in ID:20871233
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snowdog01Commented:
and235100 - I bow to your greatness.  However my comment was more complete than yours.
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pretentious_indifferenceAuthor Commented:
and,

i tried your link, it's however an application which will change the way the time is displayed to the user. I was after something which will simply display familiar windows date/time window but just wont save allow the user to change them.
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and235100Commented:
How about having a webpage open with the current time?
http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex6/clock2.htm

Just edit the liveclock.js so that DisplayDate = 1 (default is 0)
Then configure the website so its window size is restricted - and the user can keep it in the top corner - you can even run it at startup - from the user's Startup folder - or from the registry:
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/WindowsXP/AdminTips/Miscellaneous/WindowsProgramStartupLocations.html
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pretentious_indifferenceAuthor Commented:
ok, thanks guys, i will close this thread for now but will probably try asking this question again just in case if there is anyone who might know the way do this. Pls ignore any future instances :)
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pretentious_indifferenceAuthor Commented:
No solution involving standard Windows GUI
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and235100Commented:
So - having a small web page open all the time - possibly embedded into thedesktop as a Web Item is not feasible? This seems to be the closest thing to what you require...
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pretentious_indifferenceAuthor Commented:
and, by standard i meant the familiar time/date properties window from the toolbar.

feasibility is a strange concept, in principle my users could even survive without date/time properties. in practice, in my particular case i will have an IE shut down and restarted (as per another thread of mine you participated in) whenever I dont want them to have access to the internet. I dont think it will work in that case since the direct access to IE is blocked to the user. IE is invoked indirectly using runas via batch script and a java application. Too complicated if ever possible to work (?).

Most imporantly they will get confused. I really need to stick to standard GUI/functionality.

I know you are pretty good and if you say it is not doable it's probably so. But let me still try... :)
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
You CANT give people read only access to the Set Date/Time options.
Sorry and all that but I can't chnage the speed of light either.

The solutions offered give you the most viable options
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and235100Commented:
@ pretentious_indifference
Sometimes, in circumstances like these - the following is useful...
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi96
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pretentious_indifferenceAuthor Commented:
RESOLUTION:
No solution
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and235100Commented:
Apologies - but thank you in any case.
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