How to block some programs to Limited Account in XP ?

By PsyKing
May 13, 2010
  1. Hello!!

    I Just installed the windows XP, and i created 2 users, i'm the administrator, and the other one, is limited account, and i want to block some programs for Limited Account, because i had Windows 7, and it has this option to block specific programs to Limited Account.

  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Please clarify... you have installed Windows XP, and Windows 7? Tell us more about your system and configuration. Microsoft has instructions online that might be helpful.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    hmm; which programs are you attempting to control?

    The common setup is to install into \Program Files and the installer places a shortcut
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\product name folder\shortcut here​

    If you MOVE that shortcut to the Admin profile
    C:\Documents and Settings\AdministratorUserId\Start Menu\Programs​
    then only AdministratorUserId will see the program under the START menu.

    That will be sufficient for someone that is naive in windows.

    It does not inhibit
    • the use of anything in the \windows or \windows\system32,
      so run->cmd->filename will still work as the %PATH% statement is unaffected
    • does not inhibit one from navigating the disk to find the program manually, eg
      c:->\Program Files\Product Name Dir\program.exe​

    To inhibit a knowlegeable computer user, you need to change the NTFS permissions,
    but that can be risky unless you've done this before
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