1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

How to DISABLE any & all Software installation?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by vynce, Nov 18, 2002.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. vynce

    vynce Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2001
    Messages:
    60
    In Win XP Pro, does anyone know how to set a software or security policy that will have the effect of totally halting any and all software installation (unless first reversing said policy), including Internet downloads, shell extensions and the like?

    Even as careful as I am and occasionally I'll download more than I bargained for. Last time it happened I ended up formatting and reinstalling. I looked around in the group policy editor, but only found items such as (a) disabling installs from removable media, or (b) disabling Windows Installer. If they were both invoked, that would not stop installing a little Internet program such as WinAmp or Yahoo Messenger...

    Any advice will be appreciated.

    :confused: :(
     
  2. Dark Star

    Dark Star

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2001
    Messages:
    3,054
    vynce,

    If you're using IE as your browser just go Tools> Internet Options> Security Settings> Internet> Custom Level> and scroll down to the File Download entry and disable it.

    That should accomplish totally halting any and all software installation

    DS
     
  3. Rockn

    Rockn

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2001
    Messages:
    21,189
    You are probably also logged on as an administrator. Set up another user account as just a plain jane user and edit the permissions for that user.
     
  4. vynce

    vynce Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2001
    Messages:
    60
    Thanks for the GREAT suggestions. I have done as Dark Star suggested and shall see how that goes. I have a feeling, however that this actions will prohibit ANY file download rather than just software. If so, it may be problematic because I download a fair amount of files regularly (including software titles). I just want to prohibit INSTALLATIONs.

    Rocn's idea is very reasonable too. But for a list of associated negatives, I don't want to create additional User accounts. Obviously, user group restrictions would be the most effective and efficient method.

    Any other ideas are welcome...
     
  5. vynce

    vynce Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2001
    Messages:
    60
    bump
     
  6. Osprey

    Osprey

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2002
    Messages:
    3
    Vynce, the way to do this is to use Group Policy. Bring up the Run command box and type 'gpedit.msc' and hit Enter.
    Look under "Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Installer"...
    ->double-click on "Prohibit User Installs"
    ->choose "Enabled"
    ->Select "Prohibit User Installs" from the drop-down box.

    I think that this will largely do what you want to do.
     
  7. Osprey

    Osprey

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2002
    Messages:
    3
    BTW, you likely need to reboot your computer for that type of change to take effect.
     
  8. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/104580