Solved Configure extremely limited user account for spouse POST 2

January 5, 2013 at 22:33:51
Specs: Windows XP pro
This is a followup to the thread I posted here 8 days ago:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

The forum will not allow me to post a reply there so I will post it here.

@StuartS - I did some tinkering around with my computer and I did figure out a bit more about this. I had to use System Restore via the command prompt six times though.

After doing all that tinkering, I do understand a bit better what you are talking about. However it is not as simple as you state it. I wish you would be more detailed as how to solve this. I did figure this out somewhat though but I could not get the changes to apply to only her account and there are some things I could not figure out how to remove.

When I create a group and make my gf the sole user of that group, then what happens is my gf’s account does not show up on the welcome screen. I guess I could have disabled the welcome screen and typed in the account name that way but it should show up though automatically. My point is that if my gf is only a member of a custom group that I make, then that account does not show up. It only shows up if she is a member of an already established group such as “guests” (guest account) or “users”.

Issue number two is how do I set the user permissions. I mentioned this earlier but I will be a bit more specific now. The options in setting the security permissions are:
1. check the ‘Allow’ box
2. check the ‘Deny’ box
3. leave both boxes unchecked
(this is a simplistic view since I know there are more options than this in xp pro’s settings but i think you get what I am trying to say. if not, let me know.)

^ So if I want her to only be able to access a certain folder within a hard drive but no other part of that hard drive then how is that done? For the hard drive, do I check deny in all the boxes to deny access completey and then go to the specific folder that she needs access to and check the boxes to allow her to “read & execute” only?

Issue number three is how do I make her custom profile setup when I go into her account name profile? Does this make sense? I hope it does but if not, let me know and I’ll clarify. Basically, I am referring to the area where I can delete stuff from her Desktop or profile from my admin account. How do I set up this area to only show the media player and the folder she needs.

Now, you see how this is not as easy as you wrote. I do appreciate the input nevertheless though.


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January 7, 2013 at 22:39:52
@OtheHill - Yes, currently the original thread is working but it was not working when I created this second thread. I was trying to get it to work for almost ten minutes. But it does work now. Thank you.

@paul1149 - I figured it out. Just in case you are curious this is what has to be done:
For the folders' issue, I had to block access to all the folders except the specific folder that she needed. This can be very time-consuming depending on how one's personal computer setup is but there is no other way as far as I know.

For the Start Menu issue, just delete the Accessories folder and everything inside the Start Menu folder. The Start Menu folder can NOT be deleted or moved. It is a required Windows folder.

I am glad to have finally figured this out!

P.S. - Mods, how do I mark this thread as "Solved"?



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January 6, 2013 at 06:43:21
There are a couple of other ways to get at this. In XP Pro you can Windows encrypt the folders you want off-limits and auto-mount them only in your account. But that doesn't cover the Windows folder, where a lot of damage still could be done. And if you do this, be sure to make a user password backup disk, because the encryption is based on your password, and without it, you can lose all your data.

Or if you have a domain set up (which I doubt), you can run in kiosk mode. From scratch this too would be a lot of work.

Or, you could use a third party tool such as Win-Control. For $30 you're done.

Or you can upgrade to Win7 or 8, whose parental controls will, I believe, do what you want. Win8 is only $40 this month.


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January 6, 2013 at 08:12:06
That previous post is still working (they are accessible for months) - I've just posted a test response to it and it was fine. If you can post on here then you should be able to post on there. If there is some issue then contact Justin Weber, the webmaster, via your Private Message area in "My Computing.Net"

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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January 6, 2013 at 22:17:44
Excellent post, paul! I am going to try Win control and report back to see if that solves the problem. I hope it works.

The other products User Control, Child Control, and Exe password look good too. I just might buy all four of them. I just hope there is no overlap and I waste money.


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January 7, 2013 at 13:29:57
@Paul1149 - I have Win Control on my computer now and that is almost exactly what I am looking for. However, I am still having issues.

Number one
As I mentioned I only want her to be able to access:
1. one specific folder on one specific drive
2. the media player to play the files with

On the desktop in her account profile, I put a shortcut to the media player and then a shortcut to the specific folder of interest to her.

I went into the account to test it and I found a big problem. If she opens that folder to view watch her shows, I noticed that she can easily move around the drive that her folder is listed on. All she has to do is press the backspace button OR press the "Up" button in the toolbar options.

Now, when I was tinkering with my computer before I posted this second post, I found a way to prevent this navigation within the folders. I had to go to the security tab in the properties area of all the hard drives and check all the deny boxes so her account will not have permission to view the files. When I did that, it allowed her to only view the folder that I put the shortcut on in the desktop but not anything beyond that. If she tries to navigate up then it will deliver an inaccessible error message.

However, with this method, the media player would not work. So, this is a problem I need to know how to fix.

Number two.
In the start menu, it still shows some folders that I do not want shown. These are:
- the accessories folder
- startup folder

How do I remove these?

Thank you! I am almost there it seems.


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#5
January 7, 2013 at 16:43:50
There is nothing wrong with the original thread you linked above. Simply place your cursor on the Post Reply box and type.

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#6
January 7, 2013 at 16:57:24
As far as the start menu, find where these folders are in the docs and settings hierarchy and move them to your account's start menu.

As for the other, I would suggest taking it up with the WinControl people.


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January 7, 2013 at 22:39:52
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@OtheHill - Yes, currently the original thread is working but it was not working when I created this second thread. I was trying to get it to work for almost ten minutes. But it does work now. Thank you.

@paul1149 - I figured it out. Just in case you are curious this is what has to be done:
For the folders' issue, I had to block access to all the folders except the specific folder that she needed. This can be very time-consuming depending on how one's personal computer setup is but there is no other way as far as I know.

For the Start Menu issue, just delete the Accessories folder and everything inside the Start Menu folder. The Start Menu folder can NOT be deleted or moved. It is a required Windows folder.

I am glad to have finally figured this out!

P.S. - Mods, how do I mark this thread as "Solved"?


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#8
January 8, 2013 at 05:47:27
Mark your #7 reply because that is the one that provides the solution.

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#9
January 8, 2013 at 12:49:46
I don't see anywhere to click that says "Solved" or anything like that.

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#10
January 8, 2013 at 13:41:38
You just select "Best answer" and this marks the post as solved (#7 suggested, sounds right but it is your call).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
January 8, 2013 at 13:45:07
The system will not allow me to choose my own post as the best answer. Hmm, perhaps you can mark #7 for me, mods? That way, at least this will be marked as Solved finally.

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