I want to restrict one user account from accessing installed apps.
Basically, I want to give him access to using notepad only. How can we do this?
(Acer netbook with win xp home edition.)
Well, this is the sort of thing that GPO is meant to take care of, but its not really available on home edition -
you can add the GPO addon for a home system
- Copy the files gpedit.dll and fde.dll from \WINDOWS\System32 on the XP Pro machine to \WINDOWS\System32 on the XP Home machine.
From a command prompt issue the following commands on the XP Home machine: regsvr32 C:\WINDOWS\System32\gpedit.dll
regsvr32 C:\WINDOWS\System32\fde.dll Open the Microsoft Management Console (mmc.exe) and select File->Add/Remove Snap-in... Then click Add. Select the Group Policy snap-in from the list of installed snap ins.
or edit the registry manually to do this
Once this is done you can restrict what applications can be run
start up gpedit.msc
User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ System. Then under Setting scroll down and double click on Run only specified Windows applications set it to Enabled, then under the Options section click on the Show button next to List of allowed applications.A Show Contents dialog comes up where you can type in the apps you want to allow users to run. When finished with the list, click OK then close out of Local Group Policy Editor.
its a little tricky, but apparently MS felt this wasn't a feature that needed to be in home edition. The metafilter thread suggests registry editing as an alternate, but I'm personally not a fan of messing with the registry
You could try this program "XP Home Permissions Manager".
You can download at http://www.xphometools.com/download.aspx?p=1
Try out 1st Security Agent.
1st Security Agent is an excellent password-protected security utility to secure Windows-based computers. It works under any Windows platform and offers an administrative support for controlling which users are allowed to access your computer and the level of access each user may have.
The download is free, but the software itself is paid.