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My client has a PC that he  wants a new associate to be able to access remotely (using logmein or similar).  

That is fine. But during this probationary period he only wants the person to be able to access one application on the PC (the one I created).

I wondered if there was any package out there - or something simple that could be done to the windows set up -  that would lock down this one PC. So that it would not allow access to Windows Explorer or any of the files selectors (file save in Word etc...).

Ideally it would just show one screen - the system I mentioned earlier.

I know the "right" way to do this is with a proper server etc.  or trying to set up the rights on a Windows 7 PC acting as a server but this is a very small company and they don't have the know how  (or cash) to do this effectively.

Thanks Lou
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Alex Green earned 1000 total points
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If it's just a single application you want him to have access to then put him in the domain users group alone, that way he should only be able to access local apps and not network drives.

As long as the rest of your security is fine, however if this isn't an option then install windows 8.1 and you can put the machine into Kiosk mode

http://www.howtogeek.com/173562/how-to-easily-put-a-windows-pc-into-kiosk-mode-with-assigned-access/
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In Windows 8.1 it actually is quite easy using Assigned Access, read this tutorial

In previous versions it is not an easy feat without third party software! For instructions using Windows XP read this.

If you're interested in a kiosk software, Google it.
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by:Ratnesh Mishra
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This is possible very easy in RD server with publishing remote web app so user will have to login to web-app server and he will be able to get the access to the app which is published there.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc730673(v=ws.10).aspx

Is your client have only windows 7 machine or any servers as well, if its for probationary period [limited time period] , you may download the evaluation period server iso's to test it .

there is a limitation if its really remote [over internet] : you may need static ip and remote web access certificate from the certificate authority.
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by:Louverril
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MacroShadow - yes it sounds like I am interested in Kiosk software - did not know what it's name was!

Thanks!
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alex green

Thanks ditto!

- yes it sounds like I am interested in Kiosk software - did not know what it's name was!


Lou
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Cheers man,

If you need a hand with anything else just give me a shout :D

Regards

Alex
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