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preventing xp downloading

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by man_with_pc, Jan 5, 2004.

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  1. man_with_pc

    man_with_pc Thread Starter

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    hi to all of the wonderful experts in here........my question is that

    i have a xp and i have alot off friends comeover and use my pc i need a way to make them able to get on the internet and at the same time prevent them form

    A. changing settings
    B. downloading everything they can think of
    C. view my documents and files

    and thanx alot for ur help :p
     
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  3. Tarbash

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    The easiest thing for you to do is create additional users within XP so they can login as their own user ID.

    When they login as their user ID, they will be given their own local profile, if they change say the screen color, then it only affects them.

    When you log in as your user ID, your settings will stay as you like them.

    You can then also secure your files, such that they do not have access to them.

    Finally, XP supports a " switch user" interface, if your friend is logged in as say user1, then you can go to the start menu, select switch user, login as your user ID and do whatever you like, your friends programs will continue to run in the background.

    To enable fast user switching, go to control panel, user accounts, and select change the way users log on or off.

    select use welcome screen.

    You can also add a couple of new user ID's for your friends whilst you are here, make sure you dont create them as Administrators
     
  4. man_with_pc

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    thanx longhair......but this software is just a demo and i have to buy it .......i think better than paying mony would be not letting my friends using the pc.....but i can't do that....so if u have anyting can help ........please let me know......thank u tons

    hey tarbash......thanx for ur idea but i don't wanna use the different account thing ........thanx all
     
  5. Akito

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    man_with_pc, the user account might be your best option. Set them up with a limited account - I have no idea why this wouldn't work.
     
  6. man_with_pc

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    akito thanx u for ur efforts........it wont work cuz the internet wont work on the guest account ........i tried that before .......but i guess i ll have to go again with this sloution ..........if u know why the net wont work on the guest account can u tell me please


    thanx man
     
  7. skinnywhiteboy

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    You can set up individual profiles for each one of your friends and make them a limited user. Then you can also set permissions on all your sensitive data so they can't access it while they're logged in. Then you not only don't have to worry about them installing anything, but when they try to click on certain folder, they'll get an "Access Denied" message.
     
  8. Squashman

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    I would disable the guest account and create a limited user account for them to login under. If you are not able to share the internet connection then you did not specify that the connection can be used by everyone on the PC. Is it dialup or broadband connection.

    If it is a broadband connection everyone should be able to use it without specifying that setting.
     

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  10. k_rock

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    try logging in as an administrator and goto start > run and type "gpedit.msc" from their u can basically have a full control over ur computer. everthing that u are lookin for, will most probably be their. so u can go their and set ur own ground rulesss
    hope this works for u
     
  11. Squashman

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    Just a quick note. I cant remember if group policy editor comes with XP home?
     
  12. Bob Cerelli

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    Nope it isn't which is why I don't like to blindly recommend it without knowing first which version they have.

    Also it is not all that intuitive to apply and difficult to maintain. Just trying to remember where all the changes are and which ones have been made can be a bit of a pain.

    In general I have found that 3rd party program specifically written for restricting access are a lot easier to deal with and don't generally cost that much.
     
  13. man_with_pc

    man_with_pc Thread Starter

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    thank u all for ur help u ppl r the best
    i appriciate ur concern ........the seprate user accounts is working just perfect and no more privacy invasion. and those friend can't take over my machine now

    :D
     
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