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Have an issue.  Trying to prevent users from going to the system directories like program Files,  Windows,  so on.  I used mmc an set a group policy that works just fine. But I also use this program called winselect.  The problem is. When I disable the security on winselect then the group policy works preventing the non-admin from typing in folders like c:\ Windows.  It says access denied.  Now what'd strange is if I enable winselect an lock it down,  the the group policy goes away an the user can access any directory.  How in the registry can I disable folder navigation for non-admin. . Thanks.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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Simple solution to your problem don't use Winselect or go after faronics for a soluton
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If I get you correctly, you, the admin, not the user needs winselect. So you can use MLGPOs that only apply to users.

But it's security by obscurity anyway, I would not advise to implement it. Can be circumvented by any portable file manager.
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That's why we disable the usb drives.  But I'll ask faronics
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you know of any software that will password protect the folder(s)? I found protected folder but it only last a year. I need a more permanent solution. thanks!
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Tell us what you have in mind. Why should the user be kept from seeing that drives, what is he able to do if he "sees" those?
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found a solution to what I wanted called Lock-A-Folder
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Please link that one
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May I ask: does this even work with system folders? Is the system account able to access them without that password?
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