Locking icons on desktop

Hello, I have a client that wants to password protect icons on his desktop.  We already have a screen saver that requires logon set to 3 minutes but he wants to lock the icons too.   I have discussed passwords on documents for pdf, word, excel, etc..  I have not been able to sway the client away from locking icons... any thoughts or tools?

Most are actual files, some are shortcuts.
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Password protect the icons from what?  Being clicked on?

There is no way to do this.  Can you imaging having to enter a password every time you want to click on an icon?  Users would forever be entering passwords and not getting anything done.

And to continue along that line, doing exactly what you describe - password protecting the shortcuts - won't help. Protecting a shortcut to a document is not the same as protecting the document itself.

I know this is what your client asked for, but there isn't a way to do it.

Users need to lock their desktops when they step away from the desk.  

It's going to be a mater of user education and training.

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What does he want to "lock" about the icons? Does he want to prevent deletion? Prevent unauthorized execution?
tucktechAuthor Commented:
Marsilies, it is a matter of being able to read/change
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So he wants them to be read only? That's just a matter of changing the file attributes.

Are these on a Standard User account desktop or an Administrator account desktop? Is this for your client personally, or for the client's employees?

What I would do is the have the users log into a Standard User account. Then, in a separate, password-protected Administrator account, I'd change the permissions to stop standard users from being able to change the files. Then if anyone in the standard user account wants to change the file, they'd have to enter the administrator account.

For reading the files, I think file restrictions is going too far, since what's the point of the user logging in if they have no access to files?
tucktechAuthor Commented:
Yes, ok... I thought it would be overboard too
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
You could probably set a group policy so the users can't remove certain icons from the desktop.
tucktechAuthor Commented:
The best method is to have the monitor go into screen saver in  a few minutes and required login.

I did not explain very well.  The user does NOT want others to be able to click on an icon and read or change the content of the document or file the icon represents (e.g. word, excel, pdf, etc..).
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