Use of Group Policy

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jima

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Okay, I've done some research on XP Professional Group Policy, and have browsed the interface via the gpedit.msc

Now I'm ready to make a huge step (for me anyway) and that is disabling some features on my kid's "limited" XP accounts. Before I make any changes, however, I need to know I'm going about this in the right way.

I have 3 accounts set up on my laptop: 1 admin account, 2 limited accounts for my kids.

My Goal: to remove ready access to IE, Windows Updates, Add/Remove Programs, My Computer (so they can't delete any files from any directories), or anything else that a 4 year old and 7 year old might do to wreak havoc or go places they shouldn't be when I'm turning my back for a moment. Note that I say "ready" access to these things. I do understand that there are many ways to go about invoking/navigating to these applications/areas, but I figure I've got a while yet before my 7 year old figures out how to circumvent things. Removing the IE icon from the desktop, for example, should be enough for now.

I have been told using Group Policy will enable me to do this. I'm game to try this, but I've also read where I could render my entire machine useless even to the admin account. Soooo, I'm a little hesitant to do so.

Q: From my research, I'm assuming that as long as I'm logged into my kid's "User Configuration" in GP and I DON'T touch anything in "Computer Configuration", then I'll be okay. Is this true?

Q: Does the "User Configuration" group policies only affect the user under which I am logged on to? In other words, I would have to do this twice, once for each limited account? Remember, this is a home pc for pleasure, I have no reason to make overall "computer configurations".

Q: I suppose I can always blow away the kid's limited account when logged in as admin and start over if I screw up. Is this true?

Q: Should I take a System Restore Point before doing anything? If I screw up, will this reset everything back the way it was, or am I messing too deep into the system for recovery?

Thanks in advance to everyone who can provide answers and/or any tips in doing this. It's not that I want to do much - I just don't want to screw up being the lame Windows user I am.
 
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