Group Policy Local Computer

Posted on 2014-04-10
Last Modified: 2014-04-15
Hello Experts...I have a computer where I want to restrict access to Windows Explorer.  Using the Local Group Policy Editor what do I need to do to prevent access to Windows Explorer.  This is a Windows 7 64 bit PC.   Please advise.  Thanks!
Question by:submarinerssbn731
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1

Expert Comment

ID: 39991712
gpedit.msc should do it.

Author Comment

ID: 39991752
Okay...but what setting in the group policy editor will prevent this?

Expert Comment

ID: 39991807
Ah, I don't think the local group policy will allow you to do that actually, I just checked and I can't see any options there...

Sorry :*(
Threat Intelligence Starter Resources

Integrating threat intelligence can be challenging, and not all companies are ready. These resources can help you build awareness and prepare for defense.

LVL 78

Accepted Solution

David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
ID: 39991929
you say restrict explorer .... do you want the user to just run 1 application

f you want to use a different shell, modify the following registry key with a string value containing the appropriate executable file:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\Shell

Shells Other Than Explorer.exe Replaced on Installation or Upgrade -

you can also change the permissions for explorer.exe and set the permissions that that user doesn't have execute rughts.
LVL 53

Expert Comment

ID: 39994749

You have to provide some details. What should that be good for?
restricting explorer.exe in particular is difficult as it's the whole shell, not only the file browser. So yes, you could exchange the shell for another program and restrict the rest - if that's sensible depends on your goal.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40001384
Great answer!  Thanks!
LVL 53

Expert Comment

ID: 40001407
To be added: circumventing this is easy as long as you have access to any open dialogue (CTRL-O) or task manager (CTRL-Shift-Esc).

Featured Post

Do You Know the 4 Main Threat Actor Types?

Do you know the main threat actor types? Most attackers fall into one of four categories, each with their own favored tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Join & Write a Comment

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
PSTOOLS Office Activation Not Working 11 34
Enable Intel-VT on a IBM Yoga 7 22
User profile Size Report 3 40
What is this Task? 4 42
Hi Friends, These registry tweaks will help you optimizing your Windows 7 system for any VDI. This will improve the machine performanance and can be used on normal systems also. These are few registry tweaks which will add value by enhancing the …
So many times I have seen the words written in a question "if only I could show you" or " I know how hard it is for you since you can't see it" in any zone. That has inspired me to write about this tool in windows 7 called "Problem Steps Recorder…
This Micro Tutorial will give you a introduction in two parts how to utilize Windows Live Movie Maker to its maximum editing capability. This will be demonstrated using Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7 operating system.
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…

762 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

19 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now