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My mom and Sister use the same computer, so naturally my mom wants some extra lock down for my sister's account. My sister has been getting smarter lately and knows how to change things and get around a lot of stuff in Windows XP.

So here's my question: Is there any way I can limit my sister's account beyond just the XP Restricted user? For example, I would like to keep her from being able to access the C:\\ directory and Task Manager, and a few other things as they become apparent. I've thought of just upgrading her to Windows 7, thinking that the UAC may do this for me, would that work as well? Or is there something I can do that is better than UAC? Which would be the best way to go about this?

Thanks in advance!
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Leave your sister getting smarter and smarter, so that one day she doesn't end up paying 50 bucks to some guy like us to format her machine and install windows home edition on a 4000USD rig so that she can tweet and use facebook.

I vote for giving her the administrator's password.


That's how I started learning what I know today.....

if your scared of losing data, just backup it
post #3 of 19
You can use group policies to lock down the machine, but setting them up properly can be difficult for home use (its really easy to effect everyone or screw the machine up so its hard to use).
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Leave your sister getting smarter and smarter, so that one day she doesn't end up paying 50 bucks to some guy like us to format her machine and install windows home edition on a 4000USD rig so that she can tweet and use facebook.

I vote for giving her the administrator's password.


That's how I started learning what I know today.....

if your scared of losing data, just backup it
You have a good point. back up all data! Let her mess up the PC. She won't do it again. She will learn from that. Put the data back on after reformatting, issue solved. She won't touch C:/, or then again, she might, but she will know what she's doing by learning from the time she broke the machine.
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Folder security and permission settings (set from an administrative account) to keep her out of the C: drive. Then also use the nodrives and/or noviewondrive registry key for her user to keep the drive from being shown in windows explorer
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Leave your sister getting smarter and smarter, so that one day she doesn't end up paying 50 bucks to some guy like us to format her machine and install windows home edition on a 4000USD rig so that she can tweet and use facebook.

I vote for giving her the administrator's password.


That's how I started learning what I know today.....

if your scared of losing data, just backup it
Lol, It's not that I don't want to her learn about computers, that's fine. It's that she installs stuff that gets viruses, that "" I "" have to clean up after! On top of that, she gets on and installs Instant Messengers shes not aloud on and talks to dudes WAY older than her! She's only 11 years old, she doesn't need to be talking to men online! So no, what you suggest isn't really applicable. Until I can figure out a way to hold her back, my Mom continues to keep her grounded. Why? Because she's been grounded 20 times before and still hasn't learned her lesson, (so much for 3 strikes your out / learn your lesson eh?) I guess she could always wait till she's 18? =/
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You have a good point. back up all data! Let her mess up the PC. She won't do it again. She will learn from that. Put the data back on after reformatting, issue solved. She won't touch C:/, or then again, she might, but she will know what she's doing by learning from the time she broke the machine.
Read what i said to the dude u agree with lol
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Folder security and permission settings (set from an administrative account) to keep her out of the C: drive. Then also use the nodrives and/or noviewondrive registry key for her user to keep the drive from being shown in windows explorer
Thanks, you seem to be the only one who really has some good info to give haha
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You can create a new account, and assign guest level permissions to it, then tell your mom to change the password for her windows account, and that should prevent her from installing crapware, viruses, and other software that you or your mom don't want her to use. You could probably even limit the software to being used through local group policy settings. Also change the default admin password as well. also you can set up a OpenDNS to your router to prevent her from going to certain websites as well.
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You can create a new account, and assign guest level permissions to it, then tell your mom to change the password for her windows account, and that should prevent her from installing crapware, viruses, and other software that you or your mom don't want her to use. You could probably even limit the software to being used through local group policy settings. Also change the default admin password as well. also you can set up a OpenDNS to your router to prevent her from going to certain websites as well.
Your ideas are good, however one problem with the guest account (I've tried that idea, it is a good one) it wont let Webroot SpySweeper run thus putting the computer at risk of spy-ware whenever she is on the computer. HOWEVER, if I were to log into my mom's (the Admin) account then Switch users to my sister's account, wouldn't the program still protect the computer even though it wasn't running on her account? Now there's an idea :]
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