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 Post subject: Windows 7 Starter - Lock down issue
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:18 pm 
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I bought my son who is 4 a netbook to play some games. My issue is this Windows 7 Starter edition is very feature limited. How the heck do I lock it down so he can't access certain web sites, get to the control panel etc...Starter edition does not have local group policy. Anyone know of a 3rd party tool?


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 Post subject: Re: Windows 7 Starter - Lock down issue
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:49 pm 
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You don't need gpedit to do the work that it does - it's just a simple, easy-to-navigate frontend to the Registry. You can always do it by hand... ;)
Win7/Server 2k8R2 Group Policy Reference

As to simple things you can do
- User accounts. Your account (the admin-level account) should have a good password on it; his account should be a regular-level account.
Leave UAC enabled, and leave it turned up. If he tries to do anything 'system changing', he'll get a UAC prompt, which will require your password.
- Windows Live Family Safety. This builds on the Parental Controls feature that was introduced in Vista - it really does work rather well.
- Spybot S&D. Install it, even if only for the Hosts file that it can add to the PC.

Those three things will lock him down fairly well.

If you want to really lock his account down (say, to where he can't even open Control Panel), then there's the Registry keys that are described in the GP reference.
Note: most of what you'll want to edit will be in the HKCU hive, for his account. To do this, you'll need to either do the edits from within his account, or load his account's hive into Regedit from your account - your choice.


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