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Windows SteadyState Part 2

Thursday, March 19th, 2009 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Security Help

Last week, I started telling you about a program called Windows SteadyState. If you missed part one, feel free to check it out here. Last weeks article talked about the Global Computer Setting of SteadyState. Today, I am going to talk about some of the user settings for this awesome program!

First, what you will need to do is launch Steadystate and click on a user on the right hand column. (You can download Steadystate here if you dont have it :-)

windows steadystate screenshot

The picture above shows you where to click. My user that I am working on today is called gary2. If you don’t have a user available in the box, click the “add a new user” button.

After you click on the user, you will be shown the user options screen. Here is what it looks like:
steadystate screen shot 2

Since we are already here, I will start by telling you about the options in the General tab. These are just a few simple options for this user. You can lock this users profile so they cannot make changes to the system. This comes in handy if you want to let someone use your computer, but they are not a regular user of the computer. They can use it all they want, but none of their changes will stick after they leave.

The second portion is session timers. This area allows you to set time restrictions on the user. Great for kids that are only allowed limited time on the computer!

Now we can get into the fun stuff! Go ahead and click on the Windows Restrictions tab on the top of the screen.
steadystate screen shot 3

This area of Steadystate is one of the most powerful. As you can see from the picture, there are dozens of options and restrictions that can be set in this area. I can’t cover all of them, but I will go over some of the most important ones. The first is “Prevent right-click in the start menu”. A user can cause all kinds of trouble if they have the ability to modify their start menu options. Checking this box will make it so they cant right-click on start and choose “properties”. The next one that is important is “remove the control panel icon”. I think it is pretty obvious how much help this can be. If a user can’t get to the control panel, they can’t change the settings! A third box that you might want to check is “remove the run icon”. Taking away the ability to click on “run” will stop users from running applications and utilities from the command line. There are just tons of options in here! Some others include: “Prevent users from using the command prompt”, “Prevent access to the registry editor” and “Remove CD burning features”.

Underneath the restrictions area, you will see the “Hide drives” box. If you have a drive that you don’t want this user to see, just check the box. They will no longer have the ability to see it!

Ok, that’s enough for today. We will wrap this up next week where we will cover the Feature Restrictions and Block Programs tabs.

Until next time, stay safe out there.

Click here to go to part 3.

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