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Windows 7: Create a locked-down account for playing games only

03 May 2011   #1
thx1139

Win 7 Home Premium (OEM) - Install date: 02-2010
 
 
Create a locked-down account for playing games only

What would be the quickest way to create a completely locked-down account on my Windows 7 Home Premium so that my flatmates can play my Steam computer games without access to anything else? I think it would take a while to systematically block access to individual drives and programs so it would probably be easier to block everything and then unblock the games?


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03 May 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I would have thought Win 7's parental controls would be a good place to start.

Good walkthrough here.
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03 May 2011   #3
thx1139

Win 7 Home Premium (OEM) - Install date: 02-2010
 
 

Thanks, buddy. I'll check that out when I get home.
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03 May 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Cheers, you're very welcome.

Let us know how you get on.
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04 May 2011   #5
thx1139

Win 7 Home Premium (OEM) - Install date: 02-2010
 
 

Hi, I've set parental controls to only allow Steam and associated programs to run. The problem is that some programs are set to run at startup so error messages appear for each of these programs. Can I disable them from starting up in the games account, without affecting my own? Also, I took away access to the files on all my drives at their roots by using the Security tab in the Properties window - now when I try to run Steam from within the Games account, it wont because it lacks access. Any ideas?
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04 May 2011   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thx1139 View Post
Hi, I've set parental controls to only allow Steam and associated programs to run. The problem is that some programs are set to run at startup so error messages appear for each of these programs. Can I disable them from starting up in the games account, without affecting my own? Also, I took away access to the files on all my drives at their roots by using the Security tab in the Properties window - now when I try to run Steam from within the Games account, it wont because it lacks access. Any ideas?
No, I'm afraid not as I'm not an expert on networking.

Perhaps you might do better to get this thread transferred to the Network & Sharing forum or even start a new one on there?
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04 May 2011   #7
thx1139

Win 7 Home Premium (OEM) - Install date: 02-2010
 
 

I started a new thread over there. Thanks for trying and for getting me started
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04 May 2011   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thx1139 View Post
I started a new thread over there. Thanks for trying and for getting me started
You're very welcome and I hope you get the experts to solve your problem.
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