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Limiting user controls in Windows 7

Posted on 2011-09-22
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I would like to limit the standard users controls and abilities to change any settings (Desktop background, mouse functions,etc...)
I have parental controls setup, but that does not limit everything I would like it to...is there a good program(preferably free) to use, or setting I can change...
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This question is asked on a fairly regular basis, and there are a few standard options at your disposal.

There is an application from Faronics called WINSelect that would definitely fit your needs really well and make things quite a bit easier, but it does come with a price tag:

Faronics WINSelect Standard

Faronics WINSelect Standard Manual

Additionally, there are some modification you can make to Windows 7 itself.  Take a look at the comments within this discussion by Johnb6767, one of the Experts Exchange community's very best Windows gurus:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_27145774.html#36052397

Finally, if you are using the Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise version of Windows 7, there are hundreds of Group Policies that you could utilize to help customize and lock-down your system.  Here is a complete, searchable reference spreadsheet from Microsoft themselves:

Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows
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by:Daniel Fishkin
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PERFECT!!!!

Thanks...going to go with the WinSelect Standard...
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You're welcome!
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