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Windows 7: create a windows user that can only use the internet


25 Jun 2011   #1

 
 
create a windows user that can only use the internet

I want to create a very limited user that can only use the internet (and maybe a few programs such as open office if possiblde) and have no access to any data. It seems like trying to customize this "option by option" but this leaves a lot of security holes and is very time consuming. I remember seeing windws NT sytems that were just like user terminals with internet and a few programs. No access to any data drives.


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25 Jun 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

How about parental controls
Just type that phase in search by the start button.
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25 Jun 2011   #3

 
 

parental controls are a start. but they leave a lot of the files visable on the data drives, but the files cant be opened. I am trying to get the point where the user could not even search the files or directories.

I was researching and it sounds like there was something called guest mode, which allowed this, but it has ben removed from my version of windows 7 ultamite
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25 Jun 2011   #4

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Yes, that was in the Beta, but removed from the final RTM
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25 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Would the Guest Account be the same thing?
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25 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

If you wish to make the data files inaccessible to your restricted user, this can be done using file permissions but it will take some work.

what you need to do is remove all their rights from the files / folders concerned, this is complicated due to the inherited rights that are in place

go to the root folder of the data you wish to hide, in the advanced security tab make sure that the "apply to subfolders ... " option is checked, but the "Inherit from parent... "option is not checked, this may generate a warning which should be accepted.

remove the entries completely for all users or groups that you want to not allow access. This should include the everyone group plus any other general group for users, retain the rights for the administrator group, system, and any other user that needs access (including yourself)

when this is applied it will cascade down the folder tree. It works by denying the basic rights to view and navigate folders

warning   Warning
removing the access for the everyone group without giving explicit permissions to at least one user can lock you out of these files completely. if this happens the hidden administrator account can be used to assign rights
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