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How do you prevent other users access to programmes running in taskbar?

Question: How do you prevent other users access to programmes running in taskbar?

I have 3 programmes that run on all users taskbar. How do I prevent other users from gaining access to these programmes?

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Answer: How do you prevent other users access to programmes running in taskbar?

Disable the guest account on your computer and log out of your account when you leave the computer. That will remove the desktop and anyone going to your computer will have to log in to gain access. With no account and the guest account disabled, only an authorized user with a proper password will be able to log in and see the desktop and programs.

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I am trying to prevent users running .exe on a certain program on their pcs.
The problem is that they have full administrative rights so even if i restrict it via group policy they will just change it back. Then i thought i could restrict them opening gpedit.msc in the registry but they will still be able to download one and change everything back. Im back to where i started really and don't know what to do.
Is there a way to amend the registry for a certain application to prevent them opening it? I just need to do something clever enough they wont be able to work out without having to change their access from administrator. Any help would be very appreciated - using Windows XP Professional

Answer:How can i prevent users running .exe?

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I am new to XP having used 98 with my last PC.I have organised so that I have adminstration rights and the kids have restricted rights for their accounts.I have loaded gmaes software for the kids, such as Zoombinis and sims. They cannot access these from their accounts, but they open OK for me.Any advice would be really appreciated

Answer:XP home and access to programmes for all users

Do they have problems accessing them or opening them ? Two different things... If its access copy the shortcuts from your profile into theirs, or create a new shortcut to the .exe file on their desktop (or wherever you like)

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I recently made 2 accounts on my computer, an administrative and limited.Id like to know on how to prevent users who dont hold administrative rights to install unnecessary programs on the pc.Thank you.

Answer:Prevent Xp Users From Running Installer

Users who dont have administrative rights have alimited accoutn meaning that they cant install programs at all. But, they can change their account from limited to administrative by logging on to an Administrators account, so best to have the administartive account protected by a password.

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Guys, how do I prevent users from running executabels from usb sticks? I do want them to save and read files from the usb sticks, but not any executable files such as bat, exe, vbs etc.

Answer:Prevent users from running executables from usb sticks

Hello Balthier,

You could make their user accounts to be a standard user instead of administrators, then they will not be able to run anything that will affect the system or other users. However, this will affect them being able to do this at all, and not just from USB sticks.

User Account Type - Change

In addition, you could use AppLocker to create rules to not allow their specific user accounts to open or run specific types of files.

AppLocker - Create New Rules

Hope this helps,

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I work for a small trading company and have an external USB drive that I keep client info on. I heard that some co-workers like to snoop and steal clients (great work environment ) - my question is this.... is there a way of preventing access to this drive? I have looked at permissions and share is not checked, but I think some have admin rights and would be able to access this drive using a machine name and drive letter. \\mymachine\G$.
The network was set up by the owner, so it probably isn't as tight as it should be, but a job is a job right now. The OS is XP pro, talk around the office is they will be upgrading to VISTA.

Thanks for any help, I need to keep my data mine.

Answer:Prevent usb drive access from other users

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Hello,In my business, we created supervisor password and enabled "lock BIOS settings" to prevent access BIOS on model T520i and T530i. But it's always possible to access on "read-only" to BIOS. How to prevent this access ?? Is this possible ? Thanks for answers.


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Answer:prevent users access the BIOS on T520i and T530i

It's not possible to prevent F1 from entering BIOS setup.  If this was possible, malware could exploit it and essentially brick the system.  One option you might consider, is the "Option Key Display" setting (in the Startup menu).  With this set to Disabled, then end users won't see the message during POST about "To interrupt normal startup..."  I don't know if this would help your scenario or not.  In any case it is always possible to press F1 to enter BIOS setup.

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Hey everyone,

First post here as we are having some issues at my job. We're a small sized school district and we are in the process of currently attempting to create a universal image to roll out across the district. As part of the initial process, we are following a spiceworks directed tutorial to create the image and we are enabling the local administrator account. After imaging, there are a few other things that need to be done on each individual machine so we have a "tech" folder set up to allow our techs to go step by step to get the machine to where we want it to be. Once a machine is imaged, it is then added to our domain.
The issue we are having is that whether we place this 'tech' folder on the desktop, the Admin's desktop, or the Admin's My Documents folder: any other user on the computer (even non-admins) are getting access to the Administrator's user folders (including desktop and documents). This means that any enterprising student can search hard enough and find it, and then access the files in the tech folder.

Now, it is our practice to then disable the local admin account after imaging, before sending the machine out. However, on the off chance one of the techs forgets or has a lapse in procedure, this could result in a few non-critical, but still important, pieces of software being accessible to all users.

Our question is this: What could be causing this lapse in policy? Or are we misunderstanding the way Win7 operates the local Admin acc... Read more

Answer:How do I prevent all users access to the local Admin's My Documents

No users have access to any other user's profile directory. "C:\Users\[username]" The only way they can get access is if they are an Administrator. The next way is if you are changing the permissions to give everyone access. But the default state for Windows is no user has access to another user's profile directory. Most likely you have done something to set it up to give users access or your method for detecting this is flawed. (I.e. you are using an Admin account to check the access of the directory, an Admin account can and will override permissions to give itself access.)

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ive set it up so that when a user logs on they dont see the database window(the one which show all the tables, queries etc.) they only see the switchboard.
but all they have to do is click on the tab on the toolbar on the bottom for it to reappear

how can i prevent this from happening?

Answer:how can i prevent read-only users from seeing the database window in access?

One simple way is in Tools\startup you can disable various toolbars. The draw back is if you hold down the shiftkey when dbl click to open you open in 'design mode'. But average user doesn't know.

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In recent months, I've been trying to understand why my start menu isn't accessing certain programmes. When I try to access something like the calculator, it doesn't show the appropriate icon (just a tiny blank page) and nothing happens when I click on said icon. This has affected other items, like Notepad, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, et cetera. These programmes work fine if I can link to them otherwise (desktop, pinned to start menu, calculator button on number pad), but it's kind of irksome to not have convenient access as designed. Would anyone have any idea why? What I can do to mend this condition?My computer is an ASUS G74SX BBK-7 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit installed. The only major changes I've made to this machine was install Samsung Magician, which was necessary to manage an SSD I purchased to replace my old C drive. After a clean install on the SSD, everything was fine at first.

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In recent months, I've been trying to understand why my start menu isn't accessing certain programmes. When I try to access something like the calculator, it doesn't show the appropriate icon (just a tiny blank page) and nothing happens when I click on said icon. This has affected other items, like Notepad, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, et cetera. These programmes work fine if I can link to them otherwise (desktop, pinned to start menu, calculator button on number pad), but it's kind of irksome to not have convenient access as designed. Would anyone have any idea why? What I can do to mend this condition?My computer is an ASUS G74SX BBK-7 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit installed. The only major changes I've made to this machine was install Samsung Magician, which was necessary to manage an SSD I purchased to replace my old C drive. After a clean install on the SSD, everything was fine at first.

Answer:Not able to access programmes from all programmes on start menu

The Program Lisings is actually a series of shortcuts to the programs. For some unknown reason, some of your shortcuts have gotten corrupted.Go to the incorrect calculator icon and right click it. Select properties.In the target field it should display this Code: [Select]%windir%\system32\calc.exeI think yours is probably not pointing where it should. Copy what is in the code box and replace your target with the correct one. Hopefully, the icon will change to the correct one.If that works, I'll go through the other items and post the correct targets.If the icons are still incorrect, we can run something that will rebuild the icon cache.

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There are 3 people using this computer. If any of us downloads a programme it installs on all users.This is slowing others down and some do not want the programme.How can you download a programme "only for one user"? Also is it possible to delete a programme on one user but it still remains for the other user[s] that want it?Thanks.

Answer:downloading programmes to different users

The programs you download and install are only loaded once on the computer, but by the sound of your query it is available to be run by all users. This can easily be changed by accessing the followi9ng folder C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu. Look in this folder or in the Programs folder within it and find the program you have installed. Use the Cut or copy command to copy the short cut or whole folder to the folder C:\Documents and Settings\[Account Name]\Start Menu\Programs where [Account Name}\is the folder for the accounts you want to run the installed program.As you say it is slowing down other users this may mean it is starting up automatically on log on by a user. If it is a program that auto-starts then look in the folder StartUp in the above and make sure you copy it into the Startup folder for the correct account then it will only aut-start when that account logs in.

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My daughter has a programme on her account on our computer. How can I have that programme running on my user account please?

Answer:sharing programmes with other users win xp

create a shortcut to the program and place on your desktop.To find the location of the program log in her account and on the start menu right click on the name of the program. Properties will tell you the location of the program.Log in as yourself and create a shortcut on the task bar or desk top using the same path details i.e. c:\adobe\photoshop.exe

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Hi,Thanks in advance for any help you can suggest.I have a HP Compaq laptop using Windows vista 'basic' OS.The battery pack always has to plugged into the mains otherwise the laptop will run out of battery and turn itself off (not the main problem i need solving).I had a few programmes running and wasn't aware that the power adaptor had slipped out and the laptop ran out of battery and shutdown automatically ( not through the proper procedure).Ever since this happened the laptop has been running poorly.For 1, whenever User Account Control pops up for a programme and I press continue, the screen freezes (in the shaded mode) and I have to exit through ctrl, alt, del.Secondly the laptop seems to be taking alot longer to boot up than before the forced shutdown.I have ran full virus scans, and it says everything is fine.No doubt this has happened to someone and you could help me!Thanks alotMatt

Answer:Compaq Laptop - Made forced shutdown with programmes running, running badly.

Let's start with the hd: To check the hard drive right-click on a command prompt icon and open as administrator. In the command prompt window type:chkdsk /r  (then press ENTER). You'll be told the disk is in use and asked if you want to run checkdisk on the next boot. Say yes, exit the command prompt window, and reboot.

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Please help! When I start a programme, it is not seen in the taskbar as an icon. If I minimize the programme, it disappears, and is not seen in the taskbar or desktop.When I close down the computer all programmes can be seen closing down. What's gone wrong?

Answer:Started programmes not seen in taskbar

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changing desktop themes, wallpapers, screensavers and accessing admin tools in Windows 2000? The problem Im having is that on my computer, I set up a guest account. Everybody uses this account and they keep changing the desktop themes to resource hogs from Theme XP. They are also adding wallpapers, screensavers, and downloading apps I dont want on my computer. How can I prevent them from doing these changes? Is there a list of options I can get and chose what they are allowed to do? Im currently running Windows 2000 Pro.

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how can i remove programmes from the taskbar and thereofre starting when windos starts.i am talking about the icons on the bottom right next to the clock

Answer:REmoving unwanted taskbar programmes

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I have a domain with several Vista boxen with users who are local Admins but not Domain Admins (accomplished using Restricted Groups). I need to ensure that these users do not disable User Account Control on their machines as I am sure they will be tempted to do so. Is there a way I can do this (perhaps through Group Policy)? I found several UAC-related settings and enforced them, but nothing stops them from disabling it entirely. Is there anything I can do besides the obvious choice of not granting them Administrative privileges?

Answer:Prevent Users from Disabling UAC

Yes, in the group policy, you can specify to either lockout the UAC controls all together, or Force it to on. Even though they can still disable it when you force it to on, they have to restart their PCs, therefore refeshing the GPO at restart and leaving it on, no matter how many restarts.

FYI... This was all on server 2008 for me, dunno about 2003 and lower, but i'll look.

Hope that helps. (If not, just reply)

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Hi All,

I have a PC that has 3 user accounts. Two are admin accounts and the third is simply a user. I want to prevent the third account from being able to download programs and files from the internet. Does anyone know if this is possible and how to do it?


Answer:Prevent users in XP from downloading

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Over the course of the last few months, I have been experiencing issues logging into my office computer from home as there has been other individuals logging in at my work station using the "Switch User" option. This creates issues for me logging in from home. Locking the computer does nothing to prevent Switching Users. Is there any way to make my Windows 10 computer at work only usable by, making Switching Users not possible? Thank you in advance.

Answer:Can I Prevent Switching Users?

Hello Markaz,

You could use the method in the tutorial to also remove the switch user option in Windows 10 to see if that may help.

Switch User - Add or Remove in Windows 8

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I want to disable Cut, copy, paste, delete and rename for file and folders with no right click in Win7 and XP. How can we do.

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I run a computer room for a group of disabled veterans at the local VA medical center. A while ago I was directed to make it
impossible for my users to save any information to any internal or external storage device. Our Internet access was suspended until I have accomplished this.

I have yet to fully accomplish it. I was refered to these programs for removable media and USB storage devices:

floppydisabler -free

I haven't found anything similar for the hard drive. I have looked through Computer Management and the Registry but found
nothing that looked like it would do the job. I asked for help in a number of forums. One recommendation was:

"go to the group policy editor (gpedit.msc)
computer config....
administrative templates....
disk quotas...
there are 6 settings there..."

I didn't understand this approach.

A more promising recommendation was to restart in Safe Mode, right click on the hard drive, select properties and click on the Security tab. This led to the following:

Groups or user names


I selected User

Permissions for Users

Full Control
Read & Execute
List Folder Contents
Special Permissions

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Answer:Prevent users from saving files

Why would they want to disable write access to everything? They must be completely illogically paranoid about something...

The idea of setting attributes in the security tab is how you will get it done.
didn't work? then you did it wrong.

You probably changed the settings for one user, then tested it on another user.

Do you know how to create a batch file?
If so, here is a batch script that will change the permissions to "read write" and "Execute", for "Everyone"

echo off
set /p pth="please type the drive letter for your Hard drive e.g. C:":
cacls %pth% /T /G Everyone:RClick to expand...

If you don't know how to make a batch file, follow these instructions.

1. open notepad.
2. copy and paste the script I gave you, into notepad.
3. click file, then click "save as".
4. where it says "save as type", change it to "all files"
5. save it as userpermissions.bat
6. now go find the file you just saved, it will be a "batch file".
Once you have the batch file open, it will ask you to type the drive letter of the harddrive you want to restrict.
So you might want to restrict C drive, so you type C:
after typing the drive letter, press enter, and it will ask you if you are sure. click yes, and it will be done.
WARNING: restricting write permissions for the entire harddrive, could cause problems for internet explorer/firefox, or whatever browsers you are using on the comptuters. Not ent... Read more

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like the title says.. How do you stop someone from accessing safemode?

Answer:Prevent users from booting into SAFEMODE on XP

as far as i know & as far as i could find in google. its impossible , anyway safe mode is vital for gettin rid of certain spywares or to uninstall buggy drivers so why would you want it disabled

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I edited this whole post. When I am logged into another user account, I noticed that I can navigate to my main admin account's desktop. Is it possible to make it ask for a password in order to gain access? I do not want to block it completely as I like dragging files from one account to the next, but I only want myself to do so and not another user on their account. So an admin password prompt to make the change would be great. Is that option offered?

Answer:Prevent other users from viewing partition

try this. googled in 2 seconds1. Go to Start > run > type "diskpart".A DOS window will appear with following discription.DISKPART>2. Then type "list volume"The result will look like :------Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info--------------- --- -------- ---- ------ ---- ------ ----Volume 0 F CD-ROMVolume 1 C Window_XP NTFS Partition 7000MB Healthy SystemVolume 2 D Softwares NTFS Partition 8000MB HealthyVolume 3 E Songs NTFS Partition 8000MB Healthy3. Suppose u wanna hide drive E then type "select volume 3". Then amessage will appear in same winwods { Volume 3 is the selectedvolume}4. Now type "remove letter E". Now a message will come { DiskpartRemoved the Drive letter }sometime it requires the reboot the computer. Diskpart will remove theletter. Windows XP is not having capabilty to identify the unkownvolume.Your Data is safe now from all unauthorised users. To access thecontent of hidden Drive repeat the process mentioned above. But in4th step replace " remove" to "assign" i mean type "assign letter Ei hate computers!but cant help myself....

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I wanted to try the following registry modification, to prevent users from being able to change their passwords:

When I ran registry editor, and went to the location specified, "DisableChangePassword" was no where to be found. Any reason why I couldn't get this to work? I'm running XP home edition service pack 3.

Even if I had been able to accomplish this I don't know if it would work because I want to prevent administator users from being able to change passwords (because on occasion the limited user needs to be logged on to the admin account for certain reasons).
Maybe there is also software out there that can prevent changing passwords.

Answer:How do I prevent users from changing passwords?

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Hello, Actually I am a student and live in cambine family system many of my elders also use my computer. I have a lot of data which i really don't want to lose at all. My elders, they keep on installing all stupid kinds of software resulting in a masive attack of virus or other. How can I prevent them from installing any kind of software without using other softwares? I am using Windows XP (2007).thanks.

Answer:how to prevent users from installing software

password protect all accounts and don't tell them the pass word. Leave a live linux cd for them to use. This one can run from the ram, so the cd is free. You probably have to show them how to use it.larry

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I work at a school district and have several HP Color LaserJet CP2025 printers throughout the district. Student computers are set up to print in grayscale by default, but of course there are some students who are savvy enough to change the setting to print in color and then they end up wasting all the color.It seems like it should be possible to prevent this from happening by using the "Security" tab of the printer properties, but after tinkering around with it, I haven't had success.The other possibility is installing a monochrome driver for it, but HP doesn't offer a monochrome driver for that model on their website.Teachers print to these same printers and need to be able to print in color.What would you do in this situation? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:Prevent users from printing in color

Hello There r a few options to work with:1- MS makes a program call Steady State. I will include a link. We use it at work with very little problems. This works well if u can clone the HDD. If u do not have a cloner, there r SW like Ghost to create one Master image. Then just install the on each PC. This might be time consuming depending on how many PCs are operational. the PCs r in a network environment u could set permission levels/groups to separate students from teachers. This way the students can not change any settings. 3- Have one dedicated printer to where the students can print too. U will have to set a printer at each location (maybe a room). this will require u to set up a student account on each PC.At this stage there r no short cuts for a quick fix, a  non time consuming fix. Your best bet would be option #2. Write back and let us know.   

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I would like to specify a set of wallpapers to rotate,(a feature windows 7 has by default) and then make it impossible for any user, administrator or otherwise, to change that set. I know there has to be a way to do that, because there are multiple tutorials on how to lock just one wallpaper, I just want to take it to the next step, any help would be appreciated.

I have no reservations about editing the registry and am running Windows 7 home premium, please take this into consideration with your suggestions

Answer:How to prevent users from changing my wallpaper?

Hello Geekman,

Normally, they would have to be logged in to your user account to change your wallpaper, unless they are an administrator and changed it through group policy.

If you are the only administrator on the computer that is password protected, and everyone had their own separate "Standard" user account, then they will not be able to change it.

Hope this helps,

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I'm not sure whether or not this is implemented in other versions of Windows, but it's a big problem how one administrator can simply change the account type of another administrator to a Limited User account. Is there any way to prevent this by requiring the "vicim's" password to change their account type?

Answer:[SOLVED] Prevent Modifying Other Users

Rather than giving a technical answer, I'd recommend a meeting of those with Admin privileges.

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I need to find a way, if possible to prevent operators from closing an application. The application has a traditional GUI so all the operator has to do is click the X.

The program (QC-CALC) has password protection to lockout the toolbar, etc, but even when locked you can still terminate it.

I know restricting access to the task manager will stop operators from killing it that way, but since it is always running in a visible window all it takes is that hitting that X. There is a link in the startup folder for the program, so it starts with windows.
So...I've been doing some thinking on this. Can I make a windows service that makes QC-CALC depend on some other arbitrary windows service so that the OS won't let it terminate?

Basically...any comments on that brainstorm, or, more importantly--any real suggestions that will work would be greatly appreciated.

If it requires writing code, I would prefer writing it in C++. As a mechanical engineer, I'm inherently not proficient with programming...but although my C++ is rusty I can get by.

So, with that said:

Workstation is running Win XP Pro SP2.

The application I'm trying to prevent operators from terminating is QC-CALC from Pro-Link.


Answer:A way to prevent users from killing an application?

Does the user need to interact with the Application. If not, there are ways to launch the application hidden.

This costs money but seems to do what you want.

You may be able to do it with this as well.

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I am trying to set up a few computers so that users cannot add or delete fonts. We have had problems with users downloading fonts from the internet, and they end up getting viruses on the network. I have considered write protecting the Fonts folder, but we have Adobe CS3 installed as well as other programs that scatter font files around the hard drive. Is there a way to prevent fonts from being installed or deleted from any location on the computer?

Answer:Prevent Users From Modifying Fonts

welcome to tech support guy,

are they administrators or LIMITED users?
maybe check and 'tighten' the policies and procedures
you seem to be much more lax than i - or maybe just not as lazy - MY policy - if something is going to create work for me, you can't do it!!!


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I want to place one stand alone computer in a public area that people can use to look for and view photographs.  MS ACCESS, completely meun driven, will be the means to locate and display thumbnail with a button to display a full sized photo.  IrfanView will be the program to display the photos.  In doing so, I do not want anyone to be able to do anything else, such as save or delete.  Changing file property to read only does not prevent a deletion for happening. 

Answer:how prevent users from deleting or saving files

There is a program called DeepFreeze that will restore the computer to a certain state everytime it's rebooted. It won't prevent them from saving/deleting, but when there is a problem you can just reboot to restore the state.

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I'm in charge of converting some of my school's old laptops to internetless word processing PC's. All of the computers are running Windows XP Professional and only have Microsoft Word installed. We have physically removed their WLAN cards, so they have no way of accessing the internet other than using ethernet. I have been asked to see if there is a way to prevent users from saving files to the hard drive. The idea is that they would have to save anything they do on the computers to their flash drives. Is this possible? If so, how would I go about setting this up? Thanks!

Answer:Solved: Prevent Users from Saving Files to HD?

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I know I can use the limited account to prevent users from installing programs, but that is NOT an option in this case . I need a reg tweak that will effectively do the same thing with an admin account on XP home edition.

I found a tweak that will "Restrict Users from Running Specific Applications"

where you create a new subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun

then create new values for each application:

Here is a question to throw out there for discussion:

can i use wildcards in the above tweak??? ex: will creating the key above with this value "d:\*.exe" prevent users from running any exe files from a cd???? I know I can always test it and find out but lets see what conversation(s) this starts..........

Back to the original question, What reg tweak will prevent users from installig apps on a admin account on xp home addition???

Answer:XP Tweak: how do I prevent users from installing programs

You could try the fix at Kelly's Korner.Disbale Installer - #366 on the right.I haven't used it myself so I'm not exactly sure how it works.

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Good day

I was always under the impression that people who guest account is unable to access the administrator desktop and hard drive etc.

Is there that i can make sure that this doesnt happen again.

I am using windows 8 64 bit


Answer:How to prevent guest users from accessing the administrato

By default anyone using the guest account would be unable to access the desktop or files of any other account. This is by design. The rights of the guest account are the lowest of the low.

If the situation seems otherwise you need to fully explain.

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Is possible to prevent regular Users account From Ejecting usb?


Answer:Is possible to prevent regular Users account From Ejecting usb?

What does "ejecting usb" mean?

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I recently donated a computer to a friend of mine (4200+ on an nf-m2s) ...... and it lasted all of about 1 month before it had 4 flat tires and a .DLL serial murderer appears to have gone on a gold paint huffing spree, and played a little tetris with the registry while he was at it.

My fault. His user account was the admin. He isnt a computer "idiot" so to speak, but has plenty of friends who I wouldn't let use the eraser on my pencil, much less his computer. I figured he'd keep people from screwing it up, I was wrong.

So, now that I am doing a full re-install of windows 7 i'd like to at least do what I can to prevent the proverbial "screwdriver to the OS" this time around. I have not had to screw with any sort of microsoft permissions on the group/user level since I took a microsoft MSE course designed for NT server. Obviously that has been a while....

I would like for him to be able to install programs, browse the web, various usb devices. But I also don't want him to call me every 3 days because his machine won't give him permission to change his desktop background. After looking at the default windows 7 users and groups this is what I guess I am going to do..

Create new admin account, for myself. I need full control/all/all/special permissions yadda yadda yadda. Assuming I just need to add it to the "Administrators" group? Anything else I need to do?

Disable old admin account.

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Answer:How to prevent windows 7 users from jamming a screwdriver into the OS?

power user group "might" be what you want. would allow him to change some stuff.

Remote desktop only works if you configure a way to get through his router to the computer (assuming his computer doesn't have a public IP). remote assiance would require something to start the session as far as i know.

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I'm looking for a solution to prevent my AD users from changing the regional and language settings.
But my boss doesn't want it to be done by a Policy script, is there any other possibility like registry settings or whatever??


Answer:how to prevent users from changing regional settings

Your boss doesn't want you using group policies in AD?
why not? Your issue is exactly what GPOs are for

are the users administrators on their pcs?

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On another forum I belong to, there has been a recent outbreak of issues of multiple accounts. It is a serious issue, because contests are in the works, and money is won by votes cast by other users. Now if someone with multiple accounts casts several votes for his himself, he would win unfairly by cheating.

Is there someway to check other users to see if they belong to the same person. + is there a way to do it without checking IP addresses, or email addresses?

Thanks, Mike

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Win2k/win2k3 domain w/ AD
WinXP workstations

I remember back in the days of NT 4 there was an option to allow or not allow a user to log in locally (this may have just been on Server....been too long). Does anyone know a way to set this up in XP on a 2k domain?

Basically I want to be able to say only user x can log in to this computer or user y can log in to these computers.

If I don't create a local user account, anyone in the AD seems to be able to log in with restricted privilages, but I want to be able to prevent a log in all together.

Answer:prevent domain users from loggin in to certain computers

Bring up the properties of the user in ADUC, then navigate to the "Account" tab, then click the button "Logon to." You will need to know the name of the computers, not case-sensitive.

If you only want them to access pc20, type pc20 in the box and click "Add."

No need for local user accounts.

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Long file paths cause real problems when need to move/copy or delete large amount of data that the path is 350 character long (max character allowed by Windows is 256)

I was wondering if anyone knows of any third party app. that can help with this. Something that will prevent users from naming files/folders on the network and display a message to them.

Renaming files/folders is not what I'm looking for. The problem currently is resolved, I'm trying to avoid this from happening in the future.
Thank you

Answer:Prevent users from creating long paths

I think the real problem here is that the users don't always see the full path.
If you as an administrator map a network drive to a path, the user will be blissfully aware of the true full path.
I'm pretty sure that no human is going to use a path that length deliberately.

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hi there, i'm new to this forum, please have patience,, hehe

so my problem is that there are a lot of people using my computers(pc/laptop) and everytime, something gets changed.. pisses me off,, hehe..

so my question is: is there a software or modification to my computers i need to do to prevent people from changing stuff? i just want them to be able to use the programs on the desktop only, can't delete or open files that i dont want them to open, can open start but with limited accessibility.. is there a way to do this? i often see these changes in computer cafe's but i dont know how to do it myself..

i know that deep freeze handles these kinds of problem, but it's not free.. but is there another way?

thanks for the help..

Answer:software to prevent users to change stuff?

If you are an Administrator, you can set up parental controls using the below tutorials.
Parental Controls - Setup and Use
Parental Controls - Allow or Block Specific Programs

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Hi All,

I have an .exe file sitting on w2k server (ntfs drive) that's accessed by all users. I'm trying to setup a permission that users can only READ and EXECUTE from the server and they can't copy the .exe file to their local drives. There's no Deny Copy I could set on the server. How do you accomplish this goal. Your advice is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Prevent users from copying .exe file from server

The only thing I can think of, depending on how many users you have and how computer savvy they are, is to make sure their computers are set to "Do not show hidden files or folders" and then make your executable a hidden file.

Hope this helps,


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Is there a way to prevent users from rearranging the desktop icons ?

or where does Windows 7 keep the configuration files that keeps track of the icon placement on the desktop?

Answer:Prevent Other users from rearranging desktop icons ?

I use a program called DesktopOK to remember and restore icon placement.

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%subj%. Users are local admins but I want to prevent them to start/stop chosen (not ALL!) services - play/stop buttons should be disabled and also "net start xxx" should not work. I am sure it can be done tweaking the registry, however I didn't find the correct key and value. Can anybody help ?


Answer:How to prevent users from starting/stopping certain service ?

users CAN'T be admins! they just can't!

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Both Vista and Windows XP let you take control of preventing a user not to shutdown the machine by editing the group policy. For example if your friend is using your computer and you went somewhere ( and you have still some unsaved document left) and he shutdowns the pc without saving them?you loose a good amount of data. ( Trust me I have lost one whole blog post and project code at same time ). This is what you can do
* Type gpedit.msc in run dialog box [ WIN KEY + R ]
* This will open Group Policy Editor. Now there are two things in it, Computer Configuration and User Configuration
* Click on User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Task Bar
* Now look for ?remove and prevent access to shutdown command?
* Double Click and Enable it.
* Exit the group policy editor.
This setting removes the Shut Down option from the Start menu and disables the Shut Down button on the Windows Security dialog box, which appears when you press CTRL+ALT+DEL. This setting prevents users from using the Windows user interface to shut down the system.
Now if you try to shutdown by clicking on start , the shutdown button must have disappeared. Moreover check the task manager and you will find all shutdown,restart and others disabled except switch user. source

Answer:How to prevent users from shutting down or restarting XP and Vista

Yes, this could be quite useful to some ! Thanx.

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I have pinned the internet explorer to my task bar. When I click on the IE pin on the task bar, it brings up an IE window, but the window covers the IE pin on the taskbar, and I cant open another one. How do I fix this?

Answer:How do I prevent IE pin from disappearing from taskbar?

Hello Cellslave, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like you may be in full screen (F11) mode in Internet Explorer. While IE is open, press F11 to toggle to not have it in full screen mode to see if that helps.

Hope this helps,

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With the classic style in windows XP, the programs that I open (IE, FireFox, others) just keep compressing together as I add more and more. This is what I want.

However, with the XP style, after a certain point the icons are pushed to a different "page" of the task bar and I have to use the scroll button to go back to them. My question is: How do I keep the XP style, but lose the scrolling of my programs?

Is there a way to keep everything about the XP style, but bring the classic taskbar behavior over?

Thanks for the help!

Answer:How to prevent taskbar from scrolling...

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I have Acer Aspire Switch 10 as public test computer for people and they can login using their Microsoft Account. Some people mess up the computer on purpose to do mischief and I had to use System Restore to fix things few times already.

Is it possible to use gpedit.msc to prevent users who login with Microsoft Account from changing settings and messing up the computer while still allowing local Administrator account to have permissions to do these things?
I have no server.

Answer:Prevent MS Account users changing settings /w gpedit.msc

Hello Lauri, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You could make their MS accounts to be a standard user type of an account instead of an administrator type. They will then no longer be able to perform any actions that require elevated rights.

User Account Type - Change in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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How to prevent installation of removable storage device on home computer ?
Can I do it on windows 7 ? Or do I need to have windows server 2003 or windows server 2008 to setup the group policy ?

I was reading an article and it says


Administrators who want to block automatic installation of USB storage devices on computers can do so by enabling the Prevent Installation of Removable Devices policy that is found at: Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System\Devices Installation\Device Installation Restrictions.

I could not find Computer Configuration neither on my hhome computer nor on windows server 2008. Please guide me about how to disable installation of removable device storage on windows vista, windows 7 and windows server 2008.


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I've set up a few computers for some users and would like to prevent their ability to rearrange the order of the favorite links in the IE10 favorite bar. How can I accomplish this?

Answer:How to Prevent Users from Changing Order of Fav Links IE10

Not sure if this is helpful at all, as it doesn't necessarily solve the problem in the way you are requesting, but I recommend creating a separate standard user account for each individual, or groups, such as 'kids', 'entertainment', et cetera (or a combination of the two).

That way, you can keep your own personals the way you'd like, and if something gets messed up by a particular user, it only messes up a single account, not all of them (and best of all, not your own).

User Account - Add a New User in Windows 8
Password - Create for User Account in Windows 8

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I have windows 8.1 pro and is a home pc not on a domain. I want to be able to prevent a user from changing the desktop background slideshow. I tried applying "prevent changing desktop background" in "user config\admin temps\control panel\personalization but when I apply that setting it stops the desktop background slideshow from changing. I have it on shuffle and rotate every 30 min. Would like to have the user not to be able to change the wallpaper slideshow and still have it rotate. Thanks.

Answer:Prevent users changing desktop background slideshow via GP

Is that User set as Standard or as Administrator? There's a lot of things a Standard User can't do. Also important is to have Users with administrative rights use a password to log on. With Group Policy Editor the administrator can further lock things down.

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Title says it all. Any suggestions? I think Net Nanny will do what I want but I downloaded the trial version and had loads of trouble afterward. It froze during install and afterward it would not let me browse any sites and I could not remove it. Had to reformat my HD. Thankfully I had a 15 gig partition that I could move important stuff to.

Is there something I could do within Windows itself? We are a peer-to-peer network so there is no centralized server.

Answer:Easiest Way To Prevent Lim. Users from Downloading/Installing EXE files in Xp Pro

Hello wesleyj

A Limited Account user will not be able to run .exe files

Extract from MS
Limited account
The limited account is intended for someone who should be prohibited from changing most computer settings and deleting important files. A user with a limited account:
Generally cannot install software or hardware, but can access programs that have already been installed on the computer.
Can change his or her account picture and can also create, change, or delete his or her password.
Cannot change his or her account name or account type. A user with a computer administrator account must make these kinds of changes.
Can manage his or her network passwords, create a reset password disk, and set up his or her account to use a .NET Passport.

Does that answer your question?


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OS: Win7 family premium home 64 bits

I have several accounts on a PC, only one has admin priviledge.

How do I prevent all users to delete/alter/create/add the content of a folder and its sub-folders, in particular exe and dll, but allow text files such as config & log files to be altered/modified/created?

By preventing, I wish either some password confirmation - just as for the parental check - or at least like the command enforce to run with admin priviledges.

Even, the admin account shouldn't be allowed to delete without having a mechanism like the command to run with admin priviledges, e.g. chkdsk.

Many thanks.

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Hi, I need to devise a fixed file structure at my organisation whereby users are allowed to add files into folders but are prevented from creating subfolders. Is this possible?

Tom Hamilton

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I want to prevent users from accessing share folders after typing the IP Address and press Enter it should popup an error message not after the users be able to see all those shared folders and when they click on the shared folder it receive an error message like access denied.

So far I have set NTFS and Share folder permission but doesn't work for the URL bar with IP Address, however it works fine when users click on the shared folder.

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Does anyone know how I can stop (globally):
1. System tray / taskbar popups? (that is balloon notifications when some program has done something or other)
2. The taskbar from unhiding and flashing at me when a program has launched or is waiting for input etc?


Answer:Prevent Taskbar Popups and Flashing etc

Hello Neutralizer,

You could use the tutorial below to set the taskbar button flash to only give you 1 flash to at least limit it.
Taskbar Button Flash - Change Flash Count - Windows 7 Help Forums
You could use the tutorial below to disable taskbar balloon notifications.

Notifications - Enable or Disable Message Balloons - Windows 7 Help Forums
Hope this helps,

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I have a command line logon script that is applied via Active Directory.  It records the department, time, date and computer name to a csv file on a server share.  We use this script to track computer usage.  In order to keep funding for upgrades, repairs, etc, we have to prove that the classrooms are being used.  The classrooms use shared logons.  The computers are used by many people from within and outside of our organization.    Currently, we are using sign-in sheets, but we are having trouble with people actually using the sheets.  We need to show when, how long and who used the classrooms. The script I wrote asks a user to enter their Department while the rest is automatic.  The problem I am having is that the users are just closing the window without entering anything.  How can I stop this?  Is there any other ways I can run this script without having to purchase any software?I thank you for any help I get on this.

Answer:how to prevent users from colsing logon script before entering data

Why not use a unique naming scheme to identify PC's in a department, then run your batch file minimized and instead of prompting the user for the department, use %computername%

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True story: Users are either inadvertently or purposely changing the system's date & time on WinXP Prof desktops.

Not only do I want to prevent them from accessing the Date/Time applet, but I still want them to be able to log onto their domain which runs a system logon script that syncs time from the time servers. We have not yet converted to ADS (in the works) and I already know about the Local Security Policy setting. If I take away Power Users from the 'Change the System Time' setting, it doesnt allow the time sync with the server.

Another option I looked into, running the RUNAS command (with a admin account info) in the system logon script. Problem with that is that it prompts the user for a password during logon. No good! Even if I was able to include the admin account information in the script, the user might see the admin password because it is not encrypted.

Is there a way? Help me out TSG! Thanks in advanced.

Answer:Solved: Prevent Users from changing system date & time

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I run windows 98, my wife runs windows 95.I can find exactly which programmes are running by going to RUN and typing 'msconfig'How can my wife find exactly which programmes are running on her win 95 ? Puz

Answer:Win 95 - programmes running

click hereScroll down.

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I'm using windows 98. I've been trying to run my Scan Disk and Disk Defragmentor but find that I can never complete them because they tell me that I still have programmes running.I've unticked all the boxes on the start-up menu. What else could be causing this?

Answer:Programmes still running

Try EndItAll click here

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I had to create an excel file for my workplace which is to be accessed by many users and this excel file relies on formulas for quite a bit of calculations that need to be done internally.

Now the problem with excel is that if a user cuts pastes data in any referenced cell, the formula referenceing to that cell tends to throw a #REF error, so thus to prevent users from causing this error I pasted the following code in the ThisWorkbook module of VBA :

Option Explicit
Private Sub Workbook_SheetSelectionChange(ByVal Sh As Object, _
ByVal Target As Excel.Range)

Select Case Application.CutCopyMode
Case Is = False
'do nothing
Case Is = xlCopy
'do nothing
Case Is = xlCut
MsgBox "Please DO NOT Cut and Paste. Use Copy and Paste; then delete the source."
Application.CutCopyMode = False 'clear clipboard and cancel cut
End Select

End Sub

Private Sub Workbook_Activate()
Application.CellDragAndDrop = False
End Sub

Private Sub Workbook_BeforeClose(Cancel As Boolean)
Application.CellDragAndDrop = True
End Sub

Private Sub Workbook_Deactivate()
Application.CellDragAndDrop = True
End Sub

Private Sub Workbook_Open()
Application.CellDragAndDrop = False
End Sub

Now while the above code achieved the intended goal it created another problem in the form that sometimes when users have to copy data into the workbook from another workbook, the data does not get copied as the paste option remains disabled. (PS. The copy and paste works for the workbook internally).... Read more

Answer:Solved: Disable the cut function in excel to prevent users from messing up formulas !

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I'm trying to stop users typing in full stops into a cell, which otherwise is text only.

I understand about customising Data Validation, but am struggling to come up with a formula which prevents users typing in "." but still allows them to use spaces.

If anyone could assist I would be most grateful

Answer:Excel 2010 How to prevent users typing in full stops in cell


Can you give more detail on the workflow? What are the users entering, what are you doing with the data, why is it important that the cell not contain a period?

The more the better, I will try to help you.


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Hello People,

I was thinking of locking down our domain computers so that the users can only create items under their own profile(home space given to them), but i want to make sure they can't create files/folder in c:\ also they should not be able to edit(modify) in c:\
I only want to give then read only access
Please help me with this
Thanks in advance.
"No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

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I have a series of 7 forms which allow users to select various options and complete some computation in the DB. The whole process takes no more than 3 mins.

However, some users will go to Form 3, then exit Access. And they will forget which Form to continue from.

To prevent such a problem, I thought of writing some code to prevent the user from exiting Access till they have completed all 7 forms.

I would appreciate if anyone can advise if this can be done and how to do it.


Answer:Access 2003: How to prevent user from exiting Access without completing action

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EssentialPIM calender programme needs to be running while logged in to allow popup alarms,I start the programme every time I login then minimise, is there a more automatic method and would it work for any progrmme

Answer:running programmes in the background

Stick a shortcut for the program in All Programs-> Start Up

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For the past 2 weeks the booting up of my computer takes quite a long time. Besides that whenever I run a programme especially media players the cpu usage spikes to 100%. When I transfer files from my computer to external hardrive, the process also takes longer time. this never happenned before and stated just recently. I have already scan(in safe mode also) for malware using Spybot search & destroy but came out with nothing. Anti virus scan also came out with nothing.
My computer Ram is 1gb and processor 1.73gHz Intel Pentium M
Below is a log taken from the HijackThis programme, can anyone tell me whats is problem.

Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16791)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
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Answer:CPU Usage 100% when running programmes

Create a hardware profile disabling everything. (except video of course) Reboot and select the new profile. If the usage is OK, enable one device at a time, then reboot - check usage.

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currently running sempron 2200 on windowsxp service pack 1 have 384ram but when trying to load Ispy game from disc or optical mouse software from floppy getting systemfile not suitable for running ms-dos & microsoft windows applications . Can someone help as not sure what this means?

Answer:programmes not running in ms-dos or windows

On occasions the installation of SP2 can cause a file called "AUTOEXEC.NT" to be corrupted or deleted. This file is part of the Windows 16-bit subsystem and usually lives in the system32 folder.What's happening when you get this error is that the setup for that program uses InstallSheild which is a 16-bit program. Since the AUTOEXEC.NT file is missing, it can't run the install program. There is a backup of the file on your hard drive.Double click "My Computer" then your hard drive (probably C drive) and open the "WINDOWS" folder.Open "SYSTEM32" and see if the "AUTOEXEC.NT" file is in there. Chances are it isn't. If it is, then it's probably corrupt. Arrow up or hit "Back" to return to the main WINDOWS folder.Go down to "Repair" and double click. You should find "autoexec.nt" and "config.nt" in there. Copy these files (Ctrl+C) then go back to SYSTEM32 and paste them there (Ctrl+V). It will ask you if you want to replace the old one?click "Yes".If this doesn't work check out the Microsoft web page for additional here;en-us;324767&Product=winxp

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windows 7 home premium 32 bit
whenever i shutdown a message flashes up to say that programmes are still running how to i find these programmmes to close them i am also having problems with defender update which stops and says cannot continue due to other programmes running error 0x80070652 i think both theses problems are linked and i would like advice to resolve the
thank you

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I'm sure that this is really basic and apologise in advance for my ignorance but how do you run two programmes simultaneously on the computer so that both pages are visible?I use Windows 98 SE and wish to have both Word and a web page visible at the same time. Thanks for any advice.

Answer:Running two programmes simultaneously

Click the 'Restore Down' button on the top right of the window of each window and adjust the windows using the sizer on the bottom right of each window, until you can position them so they can both be seen.If I am wrong and this is not what you wish to do, then please give a bit more detail.

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HI,Is there any programe I can install to close down all running programes instead of hitting Crtl Alt & Delete every time I run Scan Disk and Defrag?

Answer:How to close all running programmes

click here

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Hi, i recieved a replacement motherboard last week as my old one died under warranty. The problem i have is that when my PC is idle the CPU load is at about 50%. I have reformated my hard drive, installed three different copies of XP pro with SP2. Updated all drivers and the bios. I have started it in diagnostic mode with every thing disabled, i have tried new ram, checked every thing i can think of. If however i boot into safe mode the CPU usage at idle is Zero.

System specs.

Tagon 580 watt pwr supply
AMD Opteron 146
Asus A8N SLI deluxe (bios 1017)
6600GT 256mb PCI CARD
NEC combi drive
1gb of OCZ PC 4800 ram in a dual channel kit.

Answer:CPU loading at 50% with no programmes running

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how do you stop progs from running, when trying to scan the disk and it keeps restarting, and how do you put them back in again, is it done it "MSCONFIG" I have scanned the disk in dos, and it said no faults, but in windows it says it can not defrag because it has faults, but it just keeps restarting, been on it all day now.thanks

Answer:programmes running alt-ctrl-del

Have you tried deraging in safe mode? re-boot hit F8 and select safe mode then try from there.

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Is there any way of knowing what all the numerous programmes at start up are doing? When I run msconfig and look at start menu, there are many programmes which I kmnow nothing about but I dont want to disable in case they are important. I have disabled the obvious ones that I dont use, e.g MS Messenger, Quicktime etc. But there are so many others.In particular I want to know what cjhaoac isAny help appreciatedAmer Khalil

Answer:What programmes should be running at start up?

Have a look at this click here it will tell you what programs are running with an explanation and diable them for you if you wantThen have a look at this siteclick here

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just thought I'd ask if any of the attached programs can be turned off to help speed up internet connection???


Answer:programmes running in background

depends on the program. If your system is malware free and if you remove the softwares that are searching for software updates and the others using the internet connection your connection would be less interrupted. Organize your start up list and then restart your computer when you need your connection speed to be fast. Thet way the programs which are using your internet connection launched after the start up would stop that way.

run - msconfig and under start up tab you may uncheck the softwares you dont want to run and that would speed everything up. We may help you with your start up list if you wish :)

edit : Also there are some tweaks that you can use that would speed up your connection. Even the entire system performance can be boosted with tweaks. XP is very co-operative that way :)

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i have got xp home and if i go to task manager it says i am running 30 processes alot of these i dont need running how do i stop them to save memory thanks.

Answer:stopping running programmes

Not being an Xp user myself ..But this may helpclick here

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Am in trouble again, please can someone tell me how to find out which programmes are writng to drive C:\in background and how to stop them. Am so grateful for the help you all give me, thanks.

Answer:Programmes running in background

odenrot,which o's.?

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Can anyone help me regain Security Permissions to C:\Users\All Users\Application Data Folder which I lost while looking at the access rights. I mistakenly closed the box while playing with the access rights and lost any access to the file.
I pulled the access rights to the file using icacls they are below.

application data

I am thinking I can change the information in the file and restore it. Not sure exactly what to change?

I was also thinking I could pull the info from another computer running with the same operating system and reapply them to this file? Would this work?

I looked at Previous Versions of the upper level folder. Can I restore a previous version of this whole folder? Will it restore the Application Data folder with the prior permissions?

Answer:Lost Access Permissions to C:\Users\All Users\Application Data Folder

Are you asking about the Application Data or Appdata folder?

If Application Data, this is not a real folder but a junction used to allow interface with legacy programs. No access is necessary since it is pointing to the Appdata folder.

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I've been reading about information rights management using Outlook 2003. And it makes good sense. However, what I wanted to know which IRM doesn't cover is how would I achieve the following control of Outlook on users' PCs / laptops out in the field.

Set up a user with a specific address book containing only the addresses I put in (company addresses) and NOT allow them to add anymore addresses. And NOT be able to type an address into the To: field which was not in the address book.

Then in conjunction with IRM not allowing users to forward or reply to emails if I so choose I have complete control of the mail system in the sense that they can only send mail to internal staff.

Also can Outlook be configured to send / receive over a VPN connection rather than the internet? (I presume it can) We currently downline various bespoke application data to field employees on an overnight basis.


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All our users have roaming profiles and use both 32 bit Windows 7 and 64 bit Windows 7 workstations. The problem is that we have an Intranet that runs ActiveX and will not work with the 64 bit version of Internet Explorer. If a user moves from a 32 bit Windows
7 computer to a 64 bit Windows 7 computer, the application path for Internet Explorer (Task bar and Start Menu) opens the 64 bit version of IE and not the 32 bit version of IE which has an appended path of \program files (x86)\.

Is there a way of using Group Policy to make sure that all users only open the 32 bit version of Internet Explorer whether on a 32 bit or 64 bit version of Windows 7, even though the path to the 32 bit version of IE on 64 bit Windows 7 has changed?

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How can I setup 2 networks so that my wireless users can't access wired users?

All of my computers are wired... but, I would like to give my retired neighbor (he's 64 years old) wireless access. But, I don't want him or anyone else access to my shared files b/w desktop/laptop. So, should I put it on a different subnet? Do I need a 2nd router? Right now, I have the BEFSR41 with a WAP11 AP on with the router on (both are subnet).


Answer:How can I setup 2 networks so that my wireless users can't access wired users?

I would setup a DMZ, you can do this by using two physical routers or something like smooth wall with multiple nics. If I were you I would setup smooth wall on a crap old box and install 3 network cards into the old computer. Hooking your cable modem to one of the network cards in the smoothwall box will be like pluggin in your cable modem to the wan port on the back of your router. I would plug your wireless router into to the next nic on your smooth wall box. If your neighbor is the only one using the wireless do the following. Enable WEP, don't broadcast your ssid, filter by mac address, and limit the total number of connections to 1. That should keep your wireless rather secure. With the final network card in the smooth wall box attach either a standard switch or even another router. Smooth wall has built in DHCP support and it will allow you to set a range of ips.Hard wire all your home computer to the switch and your in business.

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If I remove Microsoft Edge and Store from my taskbar and restart my pc, they're added again and again automatically. How can I disable that?

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Is there anyway to remove the unpin/pin context menus - while retaining the items currently on there. It can be a pain when I have folder shortcuts already setup but I accidentally unpin them when trying to close an unrelated app. In other words - I have the taskbar the way I like it and want to prevent further changes (like how rocketdock can lock icons and settings).

Is there a way to accomplish this in W7?

Answer:Prevent unpinning apps - taskbar context menu customization?

Have to say I'm having some difficulty imagining how you're 'accidentally' unpinning when closing another app but I'm afraid the answer is no (or at least as far as I'm aware).

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I have recently purged and resurrected the lives of 2 family computers running on XP - thanks to the gr8 advice received from this site.My wifes brand spanking Acer laptop started playing up. So I gave it the deep clean/spy/mal ware treatment etc etcWhen running hijackthis (log attached) it tells me I'm running in the region of 79 applications...Is this normal? It strikes me alot of this is Acer cr*p and add ons that could sit at the back until called forward - but I'm a little wary of disabling some stuff on vista. It pains me to say that her new laptop is alot slower than our older machines....The hijack log is attached...The analysis log keeps telling me that a firewall is not running/latest service pace is not installed - ddespite the fcat that I have updated  the sp and comode states it is all running well (however it does seem a little quiet when running inside vista?) Is this normal?[attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Absurd amount of programmes running???

give a try. Worked great to clean out the crap from my laptop.

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is it possible for me to have panda titanium antivirus 2004 and avg 6.0 at the same time? is this possible or will my pc get 'confused'?

Answer:running two anti-virus programmes?

Possibly possible but not at all advisable.

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How do I add custom items to the above folder ?

I need to add shortcuts for our corporate ERP application.

Answer:C:\Users\All Users\Start Menu - Access Denied !!!

That is because it is not a real folder it is a junction point for old software. The real place is:

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Hello....Just a rather slow comp here... and i think a few unwanted programmes running.ook...not to sure where to is hijackthis log :Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 21:59:23, on 10/02/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeF:\NeroVisionExpress2\InCD\InCDsrv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exeC:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\DJSNETCN.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\... Read more

Answer:Slow /comp..possible Unwanted Programmes Running

hi...a few comp problems, one very slow....two...things keep poppping up telling me programme is in use woudl i like to switch to it...and i dont know wat the programme is....maybe i have thing sin my start up ,menu that are unessesary..i include a hijack this report, thanks...:(Moderator edit: moved log post to HJT Forum for team analysis and member help. jgweed)Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 22:04:55, on 18/02/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeF:\NeroVisionExpress2\InCD\InCDsrv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate&#... Read more

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I am getting a Runtime error 200 whenever I try to run an MSDOS program. I have tried all the usual remedies :-Going into the Properties section of the MSDOS file and "experimenting" with the memory settings, etcAll to no avail.Any ideas ??PS I uded to be able to run this programme in W98SE without any trouble

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Booted up PC this morning and was faced with a screen without any of my desk top icons. Had to wait about 10 mins before desk top items appeared. Also had trouble opening programmes such as Nero and CD Burner XP. I also hear a noise coming from my CD drive when I try to open them if I have a disc in the drive.Mozilla Firefox also took a long time to open.Everything seems to be running slow or failing to open - what could be the problem?

Answer:PC running slow - Programmes failing to open

Disable your cd drive in device manager or pull out it's power connector and IDE strap.Sounds like the CPU is flatout trying to access the drive which is obviously faulty and won't respond which is taking all the CPU's attention.Give it a try as i'm almost sure that's the problem as it happened to me.A new drive soon sorted it.

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right. i am trying to access my programmes for exsample football manager or the internet and everytime i try to access it this message ome up " windows cannot access the specified divice, path, or file, you may not have the appropriate permission to access this item " i have not changed any settings so im wondering how to access my programmes properly again?

Answer:cannot access programmes

Sean, Follow the instructions in Response Number 1 in the thread at the link below. It may correct the problem.

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help, can only access progerammes though task manager, and have a virus or something that avg and spydoctor cant find, any help appreciated

Answer:help i can only access programmes through tas

You can try these free removal tools:1- Trojan Remover2- Hitman Pro3- MalwarebytesSome HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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