Lock Down Destop Revisited



Mike Fox
07-09-2005, 11:25 PM
To recap:
I live in a retirement home where there's a computer room for the
residents. We have several user groups with limited privileges, but
residents still change the desktop icons and resolution and this
makes everybody else mad. Is there a way to lock down the desktop
so residents can only launch applcations, , e.g. Internet Explorer,
games, email browser? We're running Win XP Pro.

From your suggestions, I went to Display properties, to the Desktop
tab, clicked Cutomize Desktop. Clicked the Web tab and checked 'Lock
Desktop'.

It appears this only locks a web page as desktop. Resolution can
still be changed and icons can still be moved around. Is there any
way to stop that?

Thanks

Mike

Doug Knox MS-MVP
07-09-2005, 11:25 PM
See www.dougknox.com, Win XP Utilities, Windows XP Security Console.

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"Mike Fox" <mikefox@satx.rr.com> wrote in message news:69v8815u8kl7j2fonja691vaqa1it9ph5a@4ax.com...
> To recap:
> I live in a retirement home where there's a computer room for the
> residents. We have several user groups with limited privileges, but
> residents still change the desktop icons and resolution and this
> makes everybody else mad. Is there a way to lock down the desktop
> so residents can only launch applcations, , e.g. Internet Explorer,
> games, email browser? We're running Win XP Pro.
>
> From your suggestions, I went to Display properties, to the Desktop
> tab, clicked Cutomize Desktop. Clicked the Web tab and checked 'Lock
> Desktop'.
>
> It appears this only locks a web page as desktop. Resolution can
> still be changed and icons can still be moved around. Is there any
> way to stop that?
>
> Thanks
>
> Mike

andy smart
07-09-2005, 11:25 PM
Mike Fox wrote:
> To recap:
> I live in a retirement home where there's a computer room for the
> residents. We have several user groups with limited privileges, but
> residents still change the desktop icons and resolution and this
> makes everybody else mad. Is there a way to lock down the desktop
> so residents can only launch applcations, , e.g. Internet Explorer,
> games, email browser? We're running Win XP Pro.
>
> From your suggestions, I went to Display properties, to the Desktop
> tab, clicked Cutomize Desktop. Clicked the Web tab and checked 'Lock
> Desktop'.
>
> It appears this only locks a web page as desktop. Resolution can
> still be changed and icons can still be moved around. Is there any
> way to stop that?
>
> Thanks
>
> Mike

Are your computers on a domain? If so a mandatory profile would solve
your problem I think. I'm not sure if you can do something similar on a
stand-alone.

For total machine recovery, whatever, a mate of mine at a sixth form
college swears by Deep Freeze
http://www.faronics.com/index.asp

Alias
07-09-2005, 11:25 PM
"andy smart" <anonymus@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:d623b0$1b2$1@newsfeed.th.ifl.net...
> Mike Fox wrote:
>> To recap:
>> I live in a retirement home where there's a computer room for the
>> residents. We have several user groups with limited privileges, but
>> residents still change the desktop icons and resolution and this
>> makes everybody else mad. Is there a way to lock down the desktop
>> so residents can only launch applcations, , e.g. Internet Explorer,
>> games, email browser? We're running Win XP Pro.
>>
>> From your suggestions, I went to Display properties, to the Desktop
>> tab, clicked Cutomize Desktop. Clicked the Web tab and checked 'Lock
>> Desktop'.
>>
>> It appears this only locks a web page as desktop. Resolution can
>> still be changed and icons can still be moved around. Is there any
>> way to stop that?
>>
>> Thanks
>>
>> Mike
>
> Are your computers on a domain? If so a mandatory profile would solve
> your problem I think. I'm not sure if you can do something similar on a
> stand-alone.
>
> For total machine recovery, whatever, a mate of mine at a sixth form
> college swears by Deep Freeze
> http://www.faronics.com/index.asp

Deep Freeze would solve the problem because every time the computer reboots,
Deep Freeze puts it back exactly the way it was when Deep Freeze was
installed and run.
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johnsuth@nospam.com.au
07-09-2005, 11:26 PM
In <69v8815u8kl7j2fonja691vaqa1it9ph5a@4ax.com>, Mike Fox <mikefox@satx.rr.com> writes:
>To recap:
>I live in a retirement home where there's a computer room for the
>residents. We have several user groups with limited privileges, but
>residents still change the desktop icons and resolution and this
>makes everybody else mad. Is there a way to lock down the desktop
>so residents can only launch applcations, , e.g. Internet Explorer,
>games, email browser? We're running Win XP Pro.
>
>From your suggestions, I went to Display properties, to the Desktop
>tab, clicked Cutomize Desktop. Clicked the Web tab and checked 'Lock
>Desktop'.
>
>It appears this only locks a web page as desktop. Resolution can
>still be changed and icons can still be moved around. Is there any
>way to stop that?


I tried the free product mentioned elsewhere and it was useless.

I tried a commercial product from an "internet only" company who hid behind layers of URLs. A schoolboy demolished that desktop in the space of 40 minutes, so that product was useless too.

It would be cheaper in your case to allow users to have their own logon, password and desktop, but be aware that they will take the password with them when they die.

Mike Fox
07-09-2005, 11:26 PM
The sheer number of individual accounts would overwhelm us. However,
someone recommeded:

> For total machine recovery, a mate swears by Deep Freeze @ http://www.faronics.com/index.asp

I look up Deep Freeze, and it looks good. Anyone have experience with
it?

Thanks

Mike

On Sat, 14 May 2005 03:25:40 GMT, johnsuth@nospam.com.au wrote:

>In <69v8815u8kl7j2fonja691vaqa1it9ph5a@4ax.com>, Mike Fox <mikefox@satx.rr.com> writes:
>>To recap:
>>I live in a retirement home where there's a computer room for the
>>residents. We have several user groups with limited privileges, but
>>residents still change the desktop icons and resolution and this
>>makes everybody else mad. Is there a way to lock down the desktop
>>so residents can only launch applcations, , e.g. Internet Explorer,
>>games, email browser? We're running Win XP Pro.
>>
>>From your suggestions, I went to Display properties, to the Desktop
>>tab, clicked Cutomize Desktop. Clicked the Web tab and checked 'Lock
>>Desktop'.
>>
>>It appears this only locks a web page as desktop. Resolution can
>>still be changed and icons can still be moved around. Is there any
>>way to stop that?
>
>
>I tried the free product mentioned elsewhere and it was useless.
>
>I tried a commercial product from an "internet only" company who hid behind layers of URLs. A schoolboy demolished that desktop in the space of 40 minutes, so that product was useless too.
>
>It would be cheaper in your case to allow users to have their own logon, password and desktop, but be aware that they will take the password with them when they die.
>

Malke
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
Mike Fox wrote:

> The sheer number of individual accounts would overwhelm us. However,
> someone recommeded:
>
>> For total machine recovery, a mate swears by Deep Freeze @
>> http://www.faronics.com/index.asp
>
> I look up Deep Freeze, and it looks good. Anyone have experience with
> it?
>
Yes. We use it in our school lab. Deep Freeze is a well-known and
respected program.

Malke
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Lock Down Destop Revisited