Lending out a computer

Sony / Vgn-cr31s
March 25, 2009 at 03:52:06
Specs: Windows XP Pro, NA
Im looking to lend out my computer to a number of clients. I want them to be able to access the internet, but when the guest account is logged off, I want all infomation that might have been saved in the account to be deleted. Is there any special software that can lock them from doing anything to my computer, like changing settings etc? Or is the guest account what I am looking for?

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March 25, 2009 at 04:26:23
... let them use this for 30 days:



"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze

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March 25, 2009 at 04:43:00
Windows HELP says ---

The guest account is intended for use by someone who has no user account on the computer. There is no password for the guest account, so the user can log on quickly to check e-mail or browse the Internet. A user logged on to the guest account:

Cannot install software or hardware, but can access applications that have already been installed on the computer.

Cannot change the guest account type.

Can change the guest account picture.
Then of course, they can go into Windows Safe-Mode using the "Administrator" account that is shown at that Login.

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March 25, 2009 at 15:33:14
You don't want guest account. Dumb MS made that too wide open.

Might look at Kiosk mode.

Personally, I'd remove the hard drive and use a knoppix cd.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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March 25, 2009 at 20:25:03
I have loaned out computers and found that it is easier , time and cost effective to just clone the hard drive....put in the clone and when it comes back, switch hard drives again.

That way I don't have to deal with all the malware and baloney
the borrower has done to it.

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