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Windows 7: Setting Up Group Policy

26 Oct 2010   #1

windows 7 32bit professional
Setting Up Group Policy

hi im new here in windows sevenforum..

im an internet cafe owner and i want to secure my units.. i have volume license and install windows 7 in my clients.

ive heard that windows seven dont have steadystate.. im using deepfreeze but im tired of using it because of patching games thawed and unthawing.. is there a way that i can manage my icafe more likely using steadystate or deepfreeze i wonder if its possible using the group policy...

1. Disable Access To Registry or Edit Registry
2. Disable Autorun / Autoplay
3. Disable or restrict the use of Windows Installer
4. USB Cop (any suggestion freeware but effective)
5. Microsoft Security Essentials
6. Back up every 2nd week.... full patch ng games and softwares...

or any other suggstion thanks

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26 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008

Check this out :)
There is actually a nice powertool that does it but this may help you as well.
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26 Oct 2010   #3
Orbital Shark


Hi stanelope, welcome to the forums :)

If you click the start menu then type gpedit.msc into the search box & press enter it will run the 'Group Policy Editor'.

Hopefuly you'll find the options you need :)

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26 Oct 2010   #4

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

Win7 doesnt have steady state but you can emulate it with GP settings. Take a look here.

Windows SteadyState does not support Windows 7; however, many of its features can be replicated by using native Windows 7 features and free tools from Microsoft. This document is intended primarily for IT pros who configure shared-computer access in business environments, but partners who support shared-computer access in schools, libraries, and Internet cafes will also find the information useful. The document set includes:• Creating a Steady State by Using Microsoft Technologies, which describes the native Windows 7 features and free tools from Microsoft that you can use to create a steady state on computers running Windows 7.• Group Policy Settings for Creating a Steady State (this document), which is a reference that describes Group Policy settings that you can use to configure computer and user settings and prevent users from changing those settings.• The SteadyState Reference worksheet (.xlsx file), which you can use to look up and filter settings that this document and the reference describe. For example, you can quickly find information about settings that are related to Start Menu restrictions.
This is the download link: Download details: Group Policy Settings for Creating a Steady State
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26 Oct 2010   #5

Windows Embedded Standard 7 32 bit

Look into the Enhanced Write Filter. I am familiar with it in an embedded setting, but I think it works on regular Windows 7 as well. A quick google of windows 7 ewf seems to show people having success on non-embedded distributions. It will let you completely lock down your system so that disk changes happen in RAM or a dedicated partition, and all changes are wiped on reboot.

EDIT: It also supports HORM - hibernate once, resume many. That should speed up your reboot cycle, which I would expect to help out at busy times, and you can guarantee it boots into exactly the state you hibernated it in.
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