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Locking Desktop Shortcuts

By grosero ·
Hello,
I am the IT guy for a school and is tough ttom manage or control icons created by students.

Is there any way through the registry or some other way to lock the desktop shortcuts in WinXp Pro so the students can not erased them or create them?

Thanks,
GR

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by Jennifer.Gardner In reply to Locking Desktop Shortcuts

I know this works in W2K Pro, and I would expect it to be the same for WinXP...
In the "All User" Profile, right-click "Desktop" and go to Properties. Set the permissions to "read only" for the Users group (make sure you apply it to all child objects). You can then apply greater permissions to any shortcuts that they will actually need to use.

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to Locking Desktop Shortcuts

If there is no domain controller , Active directory and all of that you can use tweakui.
Tweak UI
This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more.

Version 2.10 requires Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2003.
http://tinyurl.com/36n

if ther is a AD on the network it's better to use the GPO to configure policies what the users may or may not do.

Leopold

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Locking Desktop Shortcuts

Open the profile folder the user account has on the machine. In XP, this is the C:\Documents & Settings\USERNAME folder.
Click Tools -> Folder Options, click the View tab, and select the option to Show Hidden Files And Folders. Click OK to close.
THEN look for the file NTUSER.DAT and RENAME it to NTUSER.MAN

Renaming the file to the .MAN extension does not allow the individual user Desktop to be changed, so icons can't be deleted. What acutally happens is the icons can be deleted, but the next time the user logs in, the icons are back!

hope this helps

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