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Does anyone know how to block user from running games on their PC's through group policy?

I need to remove them so users cannot play them at work.  
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by:hyperlite
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You can write a script to delete the games or block that particular exe from running.  Deleting the game is what I do.  What OS are you running?
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by:athomsfere
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You can make sure they are not installed, you can block installs from your users, and you can use something like websense to help you block flash sites that have games.

I doubt you can black all games through GP though, as Windows can't tell what applications are games and which are productive.

Though with 7 you might be able to find a trick with the 'games' folder, but this will only catch modern games that are written to take advantage of that folder.
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by:eugene20022002
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At work I have done this via a group policy which is relatively simple but you should have a look at this aswell.

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Software-Restriction-Policies.html
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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create images without the games using nlite and/or wds/mdt2010 and use these images to deploy the machines
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by:Don Thomson
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We have suggested this to many of our clients who had the same problem

Create a PAPER memo (yes a real live paper Memo)  that has the following text in the Body

Sometimes there is a techinical solution for a problem like this one but what it usually does is make people try harder to get around it. The solution usually costs much more than it should and doesn't solve the problem 100%

Sometimes you have to take the bull by the horn  and call a spade a spade

Some companies just put up a sign ihn the office that says : Work or get Fired

Other are more politicallly astute like below -


COMPANY MEMO - TO ALL EMPLOYEES

As part of our new company policy, employees are forbidden to install, play or otherwise engage any game or program that is not specifically authorized for use on company computers. This includes any on-line games or social networking sites which do not relate directly to the jobs you are being paid to do. This also includes accessing any of the aboved mentioned activities during breaks or other times wheather or not you are being paid at the time. We would also strongly suggest that you may want to let your non-company friends and aquaintences that we stongly frown on your receiving any personal emails that have any attachments or graphics attached.

We have recently installed monitoring software that is tracking all outgoing local and long distance calls. Long distance calls are strictly for company business

We are implimenting this policy for several reasons.

1. You are being paid to work not play.  If you find yourself without anything to work on please let your supervisor know - They can find some work for you.

2. While we incorpoate sophisticated antivirus and spyware programs, nothing is perfect. Out IT people are finding that some games and other programs  - install drivers and files that are incompatible with the programs that we use for running our business. The cost of finding and correcting this runs into the thousands of dollars per year.

3. Storing email attachments costs money. We don't need to pay for storage of your funney videos with the company profits.

4. While long distance costs have come down in recent years - the cost of talking to friends and relatives while we are paying you to work still costs us money.

5. Consider the above policies as part of your employment contract - whether written or verbal.  This policy is in effect immedialtely. Failure to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.


Please sign below and date.  Please return to your supervisor.


________________________________            Employee NAME (Print)                                        



_________________________________   Signature


_________________Date
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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many companies have something like the above in their logon script just so that no employee can say 'I forgot, or I didn't know' the paper trail is also good for labour board actions as well.
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by:bklyn2001
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you could make everyone limited (non-admin) users and restrict write access to the registry and optionally the hard drive.  presumably, they need to be able to write somewhere on the drive though.  since most software installations write to the registry, however, you could easily restrict what gets installed.
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Thank you for the help
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