Software to manage what a user is able to do on the machine?

Posted on 2008-06-17
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I remember finding a free download Microsoft had for Windows XP that allowed you to set more specific things that a user can do on a pc (For example excluding them from installing new software (But allowing updates), etc.  I can't find this now though.  Does anyone happen to know what this is?  I want to say that it was used in libraries, but I can't remember, and tried searching with no luck.  Any help of information is greatly appreciated.

Thanks Again,
Question by:M_Lyons
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Expert Comment

ID: 21809267
Try this out:
Type that into Run box

"control.exe useraccounts2" (no quote marks"")


Author Comment

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Hi, I just tried that and nothing happened...  Just typing "control.exe" did bring up the Control Panel, but nothing happens when I add "useraccounts2"...  I tried just "useraccounts" and that did not bring anything up either.


Expert Comment

ID: 21809452
Maybe TweakUI?

There are several Powertoys for XP there that are free maybe one of those will hopefully work or maybe point in the direction of the software you had before.
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Accepted Solution

r-k earned 250 total points
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I believe you're thinking of Windows SteadyState:

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LeeTutor earned 250 total points
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I agree with r-k.  Windows SteadState used to be called Shared Computer Toolkit.  I downloaded it once but never got around to trying it.

Author Closing Comment

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Oh my gosh, thank you so much, that is what I was looking for.  I hadn't realized they had renamed it and everything.

Thanks Again,
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ID: 21819766
Thanks and good luck :)

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