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So my friend and his father bought an internet sweepstakes business where you can gamble with computer programs. The problem that they are running into is that the people that come in and play have access the whole entire computer and mess around with the gambling program that they are using. What we are trying to do is find out how to restrict access to the users where they can't access the computer desktop and can only use the software that we chose. All of the computers are running Windows XP

 

From what I have found out on the internet. I'll have to replace gina in windows. I'm not sure how to go about that, and how that would help me execute the program that I want. I suggested just disabling the login screen and putting the program he wants in the startup folder, but my friend told me that the computers that he's running are slow enough that who ever is on them at the time has enough time to run whatever they want before the program is executed

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Most internet cafe's run an interface app that allows you to run what the shop wants you to run but nothing else.

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I take this is people sitting at the computer?

Well to start with make a restricted user account for ordinary users and put a password on the admin level account.

Is the XP version Pro or Home?

 

There is also a tool called Tweak Manager that was produced by WinGuides

It allows you to manipulate the Local Group Policy on all profiles locking out programmes from being accessed etc.

And you can still get it from http://majorgeeks.com/WinGuides_Tweak_Manager_d1471.html

Unfortunately there seems no way to purchase a licence key for anymore.

However you might have more luck with Windows® XP Security Console

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/xp_secconsreg.htm

 

Be Warned

Improper use of any of these tools could leave you permanently locked out of critical programmes and files, or even the whole OS.

Try them on a test machine first.

Or if running XP pro you can use GPedit.msc.

About it here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307882/en-us

For XP Home there is supposed to be a way to install Group Policy Editor but otherwise you can do local group policy editing through the registry

See

http://www.j79zlr.com/gphome.php

Same warning as above applies

Improper use of any of these tools could leave you permanently locked out of critical programmes and files, or even the whole OS.

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