Configure extremely limited user account for spouse POST 1

December 28, 2012 at 23:38:56
Specs: Windows XP
My wife wants to use my computer to watch DVDs but she knows absolutely nothing about computers. I want her to be able to use my computer when I am not home but not mess up anything. I was thinking about creating a separate account for her in which the only thing she can do on the computer is:

- login/logout of her extremely limited account (NOT my account)
- open Media Player Classic
- access the folder where the files she wants to watch are (only that folder, no access to any other folder on the entire computer)

That's it. I see computers like this set up on the military base where my dad works at. This way she won't be able to mess up anything at all. And I do not want her to be able to access the internet or any of my personal files, that way I will not have to worry about viruses or her accidentally deleting anything.

How do I do this? Thank you!


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#1
December 28, 2012 at 23:42:03
Buy her a $30 DVD player and save the worry.

Please reply and let us know if our help worked. Your feedback helps others. Maybe you?


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#2
December 29, 2012 at 00:55:35
Eventually she will want to use the internet so that is not an option.

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#3
December 29, 2012 at 03:55:10
You do it by setting user permissions.

Assuming you are using XP Home using permissions deny the Guest account everything except the ones you need.

With XP Home you have to boot to safe mode and log on the the Administrators account and do it form there.

If you are using Windows Professional it is a lot easier as you just create and standard users account and configure whatever permissions are allowed for that user.

All the information you need is in the Windows Help files. Just type user permissions in the help

Stuart


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#4
December 30, 2012 at 00:45:22
@StuartS - This is really good! I think I may be almost there. However, I am still having some issues. As I mentioned, I only want to allow access to one folder on the entire computer. And, of course, access to the media player to be able to play the files. So, that is two things I have to allow access to. These two files are located in two different places on my computer. I have an internal HDD and two external HDDs.

I have deleted the user group called "Everyone" since I believe that would cause confusion with the individual user account that I am creating for my gf. I named her account "Butter". So, here is the confusing part. I can not figure out how to only allow access to #1. the media player and #2. the one folder she uses.

For both the folder and the media player file, I right-click on the file for the media player and the other folder and then I view the Security tab. I click the "Add" button to add "Butter" to the user name list. Then I have to allow Butter permission to "Read & Execute", correct?

But how do I only allow access to this folder/file without allowing access to anything else on the whole computer? This is confusing. But I do feel I am almost there thankfully.


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#5
December 30, 2012 at 03:35:35
As you deleted the Group everyone i assume you are using XP Professional.

In which case you need to create another user group and make your gf the sole member of that group and take her out of any other groups she may be part off.. Then make sure that group has no access to anything else on the computer.

Aa I said earlier, it is different in Home and profession. In home ther are only three groups, Admin, Users and Guest and you are stuck with them.

In XP Professional you can create as many groups as you like.

Stuart


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#6
December 30, 2012 at 03:45:27
Yes, I am using XP Pro and she is not a part of any other group that I know of. But now that leaves with the problem I wrote in my last post. How to ONLY allow her access to one specific folder and one specific file.

This is the location of the file she needs:
C:\P__F\R__A\Media Player Classic

This is the location of the folder she needs:
G:\d__l\videos

So, for the file, I need to have her access blocked for the entire C drive except for that one file. And for the folder I need to have her entire access blocked for the entire G drive except for that one folder. How do I do this?


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