I want to hide my C Drive as my kids keep installing proggies which create probl


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shypea

How can I hide my C drive? My kids keep installing
programs that cause problems and I have had to reformat
my hard drive several times.

I selected C drive & properties then hide, but that
doesn't work. I tried Windows/properties and it said the
system was using the files.

I really need to fix this problem. We cannot afford
another pc. There has to be a simple way to hide my
drives so they cannot install programs.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Email me a solution to my address above. Thanks again.
 
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Carey Frisch [MVP]

Download and install TweakUI:

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP (TweakUI)
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/powertoys.asp

After installing, go to Start > Programs > PowerToys for Windows XP >
TweakUI. Expand 'My Computer', click on 'Drives', then uncheck 'C:'

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Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/

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| How can I hide my C drive? My kids keep installing
| programs that cause problems and I have had to reformat
| my hard drive several times.
|
| I selected C drive & properties then hide, but that
| doesn't work. I tried Windows/properties and it said the
| system was using the files.
|
| I really need to fix this problem. We cannot afford
| another pc. There has to be a simple way to hide my
| drives so they cannot install programs.
|
| Any help will be greatly appreciated.
|
| Email me a solution to my address above. Thanks again.
 
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Shenan Stanley

shypea said:
How can I hide my C drive? My kids keep installing
programs that cause problems and I have had to reformat
my hard drive several times.

I selected C drive & properties then hide, but that
doesn't work. I tried Windows/properties and it said the
system was using the files.

I really need to fix this problem. We cannot afford
another pc. There has to be a simple way to hide my
drives so they cannot install programs.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Email me a solution to my address above. Thanks again.

You can do what you want with either XP Home or XP Professional by locking
the machine down and giving the kids their own username and password that
does not have administrative rights on the computer.

Locking the machine down would include:
- putting a password on the system BIOS and making sure that the machine is
only bootable from the hard drive without accessing the BIOS.
- Making sure the computer case is not easily opened.. Many cases have a
"ring" you can put a padlock through to prevent such intrusions.
- Your account and all other accounts on the computer would need to be
password protected. Your passwords YOU only know. Not easily guessable or
hacked.. Meaning you should come up with a phrase or something and use it..
You have up to 127 characters, including spaces you can use. Mix some
numbers in that password to.. Punctuation is good as well.
- their accounts would be limited accounts, only having rights to what you
give them. You could go so far (easily) as to make it where only you could
install things on the computer. You could lock down the DVD/CD burner, but
I seriously cannot see how anyone could break it through normal use.. I have
burned thousands of DVDs and I'd venture 100,000 + in CD burners and never
had one "wear out" that I did not expect to. With limited accounts, they
could not stop some services (like the built in firewall, antivirus software
you install and run, etc.)

You are going to have to learn some things in order to administer the
computer properly, however. It's not going to be a "simple" process where
you create their accounts and move on if you have never done any of this
before. You will become a semi-IT person by the time you finish setting up
user accounts, locking down the various directories and using a BIOS
password. This is what your IT people at work probably go through to some
extent all the time.

Some of this is good starting material:


HOW TO: Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279783&Product=winxp

HOW TO: Set, View, Change, or Remove Special Permissions for Files and
Folders in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308419&Product=winxp

Doug's Windows XP Security Console
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm

Good Luck.. Read up, do Google searches, look around these newsgroups and
ask questions as needed.. You'll be a junior admin and have your kids
frustrated in no time.. grin
 
K

Kelly

You can disable downloads with a toggle script I wrote and/or create a
profile for them and disable downloads, period. Another method is changing
the write properties to the C drive in their profile. Easy enough to do as
well.
 
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David

How can I hide my C drive? My kids keep installing
programs that cause problems and I have had to reformat
my hard drive several times.

I selected C drive & properties then hide, but that
doesn't work. I tried Windows/properties and it said the
system was using the files.

I really need to fix this problem. We cannot afford
another pc. There has to be a simple way to hide my
drives so they cannot install programs.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Email me a solution to my address above. Thanks again.
You have two options.

Create limited accounts for your kids. Which would prevent them
from installing programs/

And/or, Become a parent and maje them obey your rules.

--

David

Programmers write "Help Files" for a reason. use them.

"Due to Viewer dicretion...
Graphic violence is advised"

http://www.HeroicStories.com/
http://www.thisistrue.com/
 
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I used Tweak UI and I have used this program for a long time but I can't get it to work on my Windows XP Professional computer. The computer is connected to a domain on Windows Server 2003. Tweak UI wont let me on the +Computer then drives part because the user i'm trying to do it on is not an Administrator because it is a pupil account. I cant seem to change it to an admin to take off the ( C: ) and then put it back as a normal domain User. Any Ideas?:confused:
 
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Problem Solved, A common mistake!
How I fixed it...

1. Go to start, then Run.
2. Type in "control userpasswords2"
3. Click add new user.
4. Click browse, then Locations.
5. Click on the + Entire Directory
6. Click your domain name and click OK.
7. Type in the Username that you want to add then click OK.
8. Click next then other = Administrators.
9. Click Finish.

Thats it problem solved!
 

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