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What are the steps I need to follow in order to restrict users on a Windows XP machine from being able to install software and other applications?

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Just don't give him administrative privileges. Putting a user into the "Users" group and not the "Administrators" group, should be enough.

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Set the user account to restricted. A restricted user cannot install software. You can set the type of user in the user applet within the control panel. Which windows operating system are you using ?

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I'm using windows XP –  Mask Oct 24 '09 at 8:58
@Mask: If you are using XP-Pro, it has user groups/access-control as well. –  o.k.w Oct 24 '09 at 9:02
This isn't quite true - I've seen limited/restricted users install Skype and Firefox in their temp folders and use them without issue. It depends partly on what the installer's doing. –  CodeByMoonlight Oct 24 '09 at 11:04
Agreed, but nonetheless, to prevent that, you have to go much further. And restricting execution to only certain programs can't be done on a workstation OS. –  Joey Oct 24 '09 at 11:32

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