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Prevent users from running/installing software?

By wsiliezar ·
The company that I work for is looking to prevent the users that are using Windows XP machines from installing and running unauthorized software. Such software will include messenger, installing spam, etc.

They are using Windows NT server. Each user on the XP machines have full Administrative rights over the machine. Is there any way to prevent users from installing certain software, but still be able to add/remove printers and run the authorized software on their machines?

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yes. pull their admin rights and set local policy accordingly to have them be able to do what you want them to do.

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Group or local policy restrictions

by joel.mills In reply to Prevent users from runnin ...

You can use the Group Policy tool in Windows XP to implement software restriction policies. To enable a software restriction policy, use either of the following methods: ? Using Group Policy1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. Type gpedit.msc, and then click OK.
3. Expand the following items:
Computer Configuration
Windows Settings
Security Settings
Software Restriction Policies

? Using the Local Security Policy1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. Type secpol.msc, and then click OK.
3. Follow the instructions to enable a policy.

its at this link-
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310791/en-us goto this link

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