Securing an XP Machine


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Vince

Hello:

I have a computer room that I have been using windows 98se in. This room is
basically a general use room for all visitors to our resort.

I have tweaked the registry with a tool and other manual adjustments to
really lock down the system and well as hide drives and remove power from cd
and floppy drives.

Basically the users can surf the web but not download any files weather
requested or from active x. They can not view attachments nor can they get
to any of the windows folders, install or uninstall any programs or make any
personal settings. They are basically limited to surfing the internet and
reading web based email.

If I replace the machines with XP am I going to have to do all of these
tweaks to the machines or can I simply password protect my account and the
administrator account and make a guest account for the general public to use
and this will keep them from messing up the machines including installing or
removing any programs or other harmful stuff?

Thanks
 
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Shenan Stanley

Vince said:
I have a computer room that I have been using windows 98se in. This
room is basically a general use room for all visitors to our resort.

I have tweaked the registry with a tool and other manual
adjustments to really lock down the system and well as hide drives
and remove power from cd and floppy drives.

Basically the users can surf the web but not download any files
weather requested or from active x. They can not view attachments
nor can they get to any of the windows folders, install or
uninstall any programs or make any personal settings. They are
basically limited to surfing the internet and reading web based
email.

If I replace the machines with XP am I going to have to do all of
these tweaks to the machines or can I simply password protect my
account and the administrator account and make a guest account for
the general public to use and this will keep them from messing up
the machines including installing or removing any programs or other
harmful stuff?
Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sharedaccess/default.mspx

And an interesting review on it..
http://testing.onlytherightanswers.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=38
 
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Vince

This looks great. I will give it a try. I have been looking at Clean Slate
which does not need the unallocated space but it is 79.00 per machine and
did not like IE very well on Windows 98se so I will test this out.

Thanks
Vince
 

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