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How would you restrict access to control panel / changing system files for a user on a PC?

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Give him a limited user account? This site is meant for programming questions, not IT support. – DCoder May 25 '13 at 15:54
With a group policy. Be sure and mention that when you post this on Super User where it belongs instead of here. – Ken White May 25 '13 at 15:57

Here are some great directions on how to set up Group Policies for non-admin users or individual users. Once you have set this up, you can follow the directions below.

Go to User Configuration, then Administrative Templates, then click Control Panel. In the pane on the right you will see Prohibit Access to the Control Panel, Right click and select Edit. Then click the Enabled radio button and then OK.

At this point the policy is in effect. If you ever want to disable it, you can go back in the same way and set to Not Configured.

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Have a look for a local security policy in gpedit.msc then User Configuration\AdministrativeTemplates\Start Menu & Taskbar

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