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Windows 7: Applying group policies for WIN7

02 Apr 2014   #1

WIN7 64-bit
Applying group policies for WIN7

To Whom it May Concern,
I am trying to apply a policy, or policies to a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit computer. This policy must lock down this machine because it is being used for credit card transactions and must meet PCI compliance. I have already created my policy and everything works great except for one issue. For the life of me, I can not get the Internet Explorer menu bar to be fully removed. I first created a policy for the Non-Administrators (Users), as the Admin account should have full access to all computer O/S functions. However, I also must have local computer password policies enforced, including the Admin account. I do not see any ability to apply local password policies through just a User policy. So, I have created two policies for this machine. One for the local computer, for the password policy, and one for the local Users. However, when I log in with my test User account, the IE menu bar is still partially there. There are options the User can access, that should not be accessed. In fact, I don't want the IE menu bar to display at all. I created another test policy and only applied it to the local Users. The only policy setting I have applied turns off the menu bar in IExplorer. When I log my test User in, using my newly created test policy, the Iexplorer menu bar is completely gone. This is exactly what I want. This leads me to believe my problem lies somewhere in applying two policies at once. I have gone through both policies to make sure all settings regarding IExplorer are the same. But the problem still exists. Perhaps I am approaching this from the wrong angle completely. From what I have researched, I am making certain assumptions regarding Windows 7 policy editor:

1. A non-Admin policy must be created for local Users. Otherwise, all accounts, including Admin accounts, will be affected by the policy.

2. An Admin account policy must be created for password policies to be enforced.

I am flummoxed as how to apply a local password policy and local User policy that will work correctly. Any help in this regard would be highly appreciated.


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