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Windows Steady State - User cannot login

Posted on 2011-09-21
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I installed Windows Steady State because I have a computer that is going to be used by the general public in our Showroom.  I wanted to ensure they could not access features of the computer that they shouldn't.

At first it seemed to be working fine, but I wanted to customize the user profile some more and unlocked the profile.  Now I cannot log on as the user even when I re-locked their profile...

Any ideas or FREE alternatives to Steady State, since officially it has been discontinued by Microsoft?
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by:mshaffner
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Maybe I already answered my own question.  I always seem to do that!  lol I had blocked explorer.exe because I don't want the user to be able to launch Windows Explorer, but I think that's what might have been preventing log on.  I'll advise shortly.
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athomsfere earned 500 total points
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That would make sense, as explorer.exe is a significant part of the shell...

As for alternatives, what version of Windows are you using?
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XP Professional SP3
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fyi - removing explorer.exe from the block list was the issue.  I can now log on.  :-)
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by:athomsfere
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I know that you can use mandatory profiles and group policy to make an environment similar to Steady State in Windows 7. How much of that functionality can be replicated in XP I am not sure, but some of it can be.

As for free alternatives, I am aware of none. I know some that have free trials, but none that are free.

You can take a look here and replicate some of it with XP
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24373
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This is a bit too technical for me.  But thanks for the suggestions!  I'm sure it may work for other users.  I tried using Group Policy, but it ended up restricting aspects of the computer for all users, even administrators.
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