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Windows 7: Public use lockdown questions

11 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Public use lockdown questions

I am using Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, not in a domain on 120+ public computers (library).

I have used gpedit.msc to lockdown the prototype computer to the way I want it.
However, I am afraid of locking myself out of the computer if I disable the RUN command which is the last piece in securing the machines.

* I think I can lock myself out but then run gpedit.msc from a thumb drive and get in. Unless I also lock out the ability to run programs from a thumb drive (which I have). So...

How can I secure the computer completely using only policies and yet leave myself a way to get back in?

I came from using Microsoft SteadyState for years, but it does not support Windows 7. Windows 7 has a very nice set of policies anyway. I would like to avoid having to buy software to do this.

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01 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64 & Mac OS X 10.7

Lockdown the computer using policies, if you ever need to get in, use Safe Mode.
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01 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

I found a nice product called Faronics WinSelect. It does not yet work for 64-bit but should this summer.
I need a way to prevent the public from going in so Safe Mode would not work for me.
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01 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64 & Mac OS X 10.7

In the meantime, you could always customise the login screen to show both the Username and Password fields, and then add a "Secret" admin account with a very complicated password. Looks like a very useful application though, thanks for sharing!
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