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Windows 7: Disabling App Installs with Win7 Home


07 Oct 2010   #1
chaos

XP Pro
 
 
Disabling App Installs with Win7 Home

Finally took the plunge and got a 3 pack Win7 Home.

I've done searches in google and on the forums and everything points me to Local Policy (which I have done for years with XPPro), which Home doesn't have.

I read about Parental control, problem is, I need to disable my wife/in laws from installing apps and from what I read that doesn't really prevent them from installing apps anyways.

Is there anyway to do it in Home edition? Not really concerned with wife/in laws as much as I am with kids. Although they only have access to Miniclip and handful of other sites, some of these apps/links/download/installs can get nasty.

Sorry for a newb question.

Also I've been using ProCon for Mozilla site control with WinXP Pro. Should I stick with that or does Win7 offer anything new as far as website access. I simply need to define which sites kids can access.

TIA


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08 Oct 2010   #2
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chaos View Post
Finally took the plunge and got a 3 pack Win7 Home.

I've done searches in google and on the forums and everything points me to Local Policy (which I have done for years with XPPro), which Home doesn't have.

I read about Parental control, problem is, I need to disable my wife/in laws from installing apps and from what I read that doesn't really prevent them from installing apps anyways.

Is there anyway to do it in Home edition? Not really concerned with wife/in laws as much as I am with kids. Although they only have access to Miniclip and handful of other sites, some of these apps/links/download/installs can get nasty.

Sorry for a newb question.

Also I've been using ProCon for Mozilla site control with WinXP Pro. Should I stick with that or does Win7 offer anything new as far as website access. I simply need to define which sites kids can access.

TIA
The best way to prevent others from installing applications is to setup seperate user accounts. your must be an "Administrator" account with a password, and that of your wife should be a "Limited" account, for which a password is no necessary.

Then, turn up UAC to it's maximum level (always a good idea this, even if you only have one user account). With UAC at it's maximum, whenever your wife is logs in with her user account, and then attempts to install software, she will be prompted for a password, which will be your user name and password.

No third-party software is required, as the facility is built-in to Windows 7 using the above technique...
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08 Oct 2010   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Great advice, Dark Lord.

I use the Guest account for visitors for exactly this purpose, but his wife might not like being a Guest
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08 Oct 2010   #4
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Great advice, Dark Lord.

I use the Guest account for visitors for exactly this purpose, but his wife might not like being a Guest
True, but I didn't mean the Guest account. I meant he should use an Administrator for himself, and a Standard account for his wife, which has a little more rights than Guest.

UAC is the best thing that happened to Windows since they made NTFS the standard harddisk filesystem!
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08 Oct 2010   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I understood what you meant.

I was referring to my own experience using Guest account for visitors, but it's probably not wife-friendly.
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08 Oct 2010   #6
chaos

XP Pro
 
 

THX for replies

She does have a standard user account. Trying it now, thanks!

Any advice on 2nd question?
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08 Oct 2010   #7
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Win7 has the family safety download available (free from MS). That lets you block/allow specific websites.

Web Filtering With Windows Live Family Safety | Windows 7 Tutorials
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08 Oct 2010   #8
chaos

XP Pro
 
 

Thank you very much, much appreciated.

I have a feeling since this is Windows live it won't require me to set it up on each machine...which is nice.

PS. I got a blue screen of death after my 2nd PC install. Happened on the back from sleep (I did notice I left a USB stick in and Steam running in the background). It came back fine....but kind of funny hehe
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08 Oct 2010   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If you'll use the tool posted at the top of Crashes and Debugging forum, it will upload your blue screen Bugcheck file to zip up and post there. http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tructions.html

That forum is where the real geniuses hang out, and you'll know quickly what exactly caused this and how to fix or prevent it in the future.
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08 Oct 2010   #10
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
but his wife might not like being a Guest
Mine wouldn't. She'd assume I was trying to tell her something.
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