a small question

By marvin_111111 · 5 replies
Mar 14, 2007
  1. my brother has his own account(limited account) in our computer that is a windows xp. he keeps installing games that would take a lot of hard drive memory, how can i prevent him from installing games in my pc? are there any options for that certain instance?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    two issues here; a) space for storage and b) permissions to complete the install.

    a) have him get a 1-2gig flash drive and ONLY install there.
    (you may need to mount it for him)

    b) permissions necessary are those on the media (HD or flash) and the
    registry. That portion for the Current User will allow the LUA user to
    complete the task, as long as there are no startup programs.
  3. marvin_111111

    marvin_111111 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i see

    if you don't mind, can you give me a step-by-step instructions on how to do the issue b that you said? thanks!
  4. peepnklown

    peepnklown TS Rookie Posts: 126

    I thought under the ‘limited’ account users could not install software, odd.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    Actually you can *IF* you install to a private location, eg
    \Docs & Settings\$yourlogin\ or better still
    \Docs & Settings\$yourlogin\Start Menu\Programs\

    These locations have the correct permissions for Y O U only so the files
    can be written. As stated previously, the issue is what kind of registry entries
    need to be created.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    Just mount the flash drive and be sure it has a drive letter assigned.
    I suggest something like J:\ or K:\. You may need to use your Disk Mgr
    to force the drive letter of your choice.
    cp->admin tools->computer mgmt->Storage->Disk Mgr
    right-click on the Flash Drive->Change Drive letter

    Once the Flash is mounted, have your LUA user install to the path:
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