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Windows 7: Lock down win7 ultimate account from family whom are messing it up

24 Apr 2012   #1
sevenxbmc

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 Bit)
 
 
Lock down win7 ultimate account from family whom are messing it up

hi guys,

I need to protect one of my win7 accounts as much as possible as my kids keep messing up settings or installing new software which tends to carry viruses. I have tried to use general parental control settings as well as hiding folders, but its kind of failed

I am familiar with microsoft management console and i'm hoping to utilise this to secure the account as much as possible

Is it possible to create an account where:-

1. I can limit the user to only be able to only be able to write to one folder for their own files?

2. The user cannot see/read/write any other folders, such as system files

3. The user cannot install programs without administrator rights

4. They can still use programs that i install such as messenger, msoffice, internet.

5. Their rights to see any network computers is totally disabled


I also need a recommendation for a program/app which can spy on them, so that i can keep an eye on them for social/media sites, but is not actually some virus.


Thanks


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24 Apr 2012   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Did you use this tutorial?

Parental Controls - Allow or Block Specific Programs

You need to make sure your administrator account has a really strong password, only use it to make changes to your computer, and then use a standard account for everyday use.

As for your children, the most I'd let them use is a guest account. They'll have to come to you for anything untoward and if you're not at home, tough, they'll have to wait until you are.

Have a look at this as well: http://www.livestrong.com/article/21...-computer-use/
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24 Apr 2012   #3
sevenxbmc

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 Bit)
 
 

thanks for your reply seavixen32.

Yes, i've used parental controls, but that is no good at stopping kids from accessing folders or files i don't want them to see.

The guest account, although restricted still does not block kids from messing about with the system files and is not an option mate.

I need help with utilising MMC
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24 Apr 2012   #4
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Do you have a "Live" account? I use Windows Live Family Safety to track and lock down my kids usage.
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24 Apr 2012   #5
sevenxbmc

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 Bit)
 
 

yes james, its a live account and windows live family safety is great, but what i need is a spying program which takes screenshots of local and internet programs and logs their keys etc.
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24 Apr 2012   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I'm not over-familiar with MMC, suffice to say you need to decide which snap-ins your going to use with it.

I would have though if you want to seriously restrict what your children can do the Group Policy snap-in would be a good place to start.
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24 Apr 2012   #7
sevenxbmc

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 Bit)
 
 

thanks mate. Just need to figure out two things:-

1. How to setup GPO, so that kids can only see one folder as their root and nothing else.
2. Still need a name for a spy program

thanks again

EDIT: I thought i'd explain what i mean in question 1. Currently my kids can see C:\ drive and all folders below it, such as MY DOCS', KIDS, WINDOWS etc. I want them to be only able to see folder that i create for them as their ROOT in which they can then place any files they create:-

C:\KIDS
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24 Apr 2012   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have a look at this Google link and take your pick: how can i use group policy editor to restrict children's use - Google Search

And this one to monitor your children's computer use: http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en....0.KGAw5tA6Ye0
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24 Apr 2012   #9
sevenxbmc

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 Bit)
 
 

thanks very much seavixen. I've found some useful info from that link, but i don't have the answer to my question regarding the "home directory" question.
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24 Apr 2012   #10
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sevenxbmc View Post
thanks very much seavixen. I've found some useful info from that link, but i don't have the answer to my question regarding the "home directory" question.
Have a look at this tutorial: Group Policy - Apply to a Specific User or Group

If there is nothing in there, then Google is probably your best bet - just be very specific in what you search for to narrow the options.
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