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I use Windows 10 and want to restrict a specific user from accessing any of the network resources. I only want him/her to access the local physical drives but no other network resources such as other computers in the same network. I do not even want the user to see the network resources available.

Is that possible?

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  • The only reliable solution would be using a group policy. You could however also try to use parental control and block specific applications.
    – A1985
    Sep 21, 2015 at 8:47
  • How can I set up group policies?
    – Matt
    Sep 21, 2015 at 8:56

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If you have a domain you can create a Group Policy for that user. Create one OU for that user and add a new GPO for that OU.

On that GPO go to "User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Network Connections" and enable/disable whatever you want for that user.

To disable explorer to show remote computers you need to Enable in "User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\File Explorer" the elements "No Computers Near Me" and "No Entire Network".

If you don't have a domain and you have a non Windows Home version you can edit the local Group Policy for that user. So you should log in with it's user and run gpedit.msc.

Go to User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Network Connections and enable/disable what you want.

To disable explorer to show remote computers you need to Enable in "User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\File Explorer" the elements "No Computers Near Me" and "No Entire Network".

The only problem if you don't have a domain it's if the user knows how to enter gpedit.msc he could remove your restrictions.

The restrictions about not to show the computers of the network it's easy bypassed if the user writes on explorer or in the run window the direct UNC path to the resource.

If you don't have a domain and you have a Windows Home version the only way it's to use some application for Parental Control, but that's not free.

More info: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732613%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

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  • what do you mean with "if I have a domain"?
    – Matt
    Sep 21, 2015 at 9:08
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    Also, the statement "The only problem if you don't have a domain it's if the user knows how to enter gpedit.msc he could remove your restrictions." does not seem to be correct. My "standard user" does not have permission to access the local group policy editor.
    – Matt
    Sep 21, 2015 at 9:09
  • If you don't know what domain means, you won't have one ;) Still there is a way to install the local group policy to the home version of windows. youtube.com/watch?v=oqk3vtTYfzY (haven't seen the video though, but I know that it works ;))
    – A1985
    Sep 21, 2015 at 9:09
  • I have Windows 10 Pro, and can manage local group policies. Also the local group policy access can be blocked for non admin users. Thanks, I will take a look what I can disable within Network Connections...
    – Matt
    Sep 21, 2015 at 9:11
  • I checked but there is no Setting that lets me disable network resources...?!? And also I do not see how those settings pertain to specific users or user groups???
    – Matt
    Sep 21, 2015 at 9:13

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