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Users found a workaround to MS games being disabled

By daleerice ·
I have logged on as admin and uninstalled the Windows games (solitaire, freecell etc.) from several desktops but users seem to know away around this. I keep finding shortcuts to freecell and spider solitaire on one of the desktops even tho these games do not show up in the start menu. How is this possible, and what can I do to put a stop to it?

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Are you deleting the exe?

by Tig2 In reply to Users found a workaround ...

Age and senility are working against me here so be patient. I recall that if we did a raw install, you had to not only not install the game but also find/delete or hide the exe from the Windows/system32 file.

This assumes that those were in the image to begin with- if your image dod not include them, you have me beat.

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This is a behavior problem, not a technical problem

by stress junkie In reply to Users found a workaround ...

This problem is about employees doing something that you don't want them to do. There are two possibilities.

- Management agrees with you. In this case you should look to the employee's manager to fix the problem.

- Management doesn't agree with you. In this case you are out of line. If the company doesn't have any policy about having games on desktop computers then you have no right to interfere with the employee's access to these game. You are NOT an authority unto yourself. You don't make policy; you just enforce the policies made by the business managers.

In either case you are wasting your time looking for a technical solution to this behavior problem.

Unless you used Unix or Linux or *BSD. In these cases you could make it impossible for any images to run from any part of the disk that users can write to. So, even if they copied a game to some part of the disk they couldn't make it run.

( mount -o noexec ...)

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Stole my thunder.....

by jdclyde In reply to This is a behavior proble ...

What IS the company policy?

Why ARE you removing the games?

The stressed out junkie called it right on. If the managers want this off and the users are putting it back on, it is for the MANAGER to deal with the behavior of their employees.

If you have just decided that they don't "need" games on their systems, you need to do a reality check.

No one likes the IT Nazi's.

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I couldn't care less if they play solitaire

by daleerice In reply to Stole my thunder.....

I've been asked by the department head(s) to remove the games. I realize it's a matter of those same dept. heads enforcing their own policy and writing up the offenders but it's also not my job to tell them so.

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It's not really that hard

by TonytheTiger In reply to Users found a workaround ...

Copy the executables from home onto a diskette or CD and bring it to work.

You could make a batch file deleting the shortcuts, and put a shortcut to it in the "All Users" startup folder, or even in the registry (under Local Machine\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run), but they'll eventually figure out that all they have to do is give the shortcut a different name :)

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Write a policy and have the managers enforce it

by jmgarvin In reply to Users found a workaround ...

Users will keep doing what users always do...find workarounds.

If you want to be such an IT nazi as to stop people from playing solitaire, then have the managers deal with it...not you. You've got better things to do with your time...or do you?

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I know I do

by TonytheTiger In reply to Write a policy and have t ...

Like reading here :)

Seriously I see a lot of people who seem to be trying deliberately to make their jobs harder. I think that if it's interfering with their work, it will (or should!) become readily apparent to that user's supervisor. Isn't that what a supervisor does?

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Devil's Advocate

by cswearingen In reply to I know I do

I think it's draconian to remove the games myself.

However where I work we have had a department head (basically like a vice president in corporate worlds) request that the games be removed from all the PCs that her staff use.

So having users come up with a work-around does give management the impression that IT doesn't know what it's doing.

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Why does it reflect badly on IT?

by stress junkie In reply to Devil's Advocate

There is no reason to think that the IT department staff doesn't know what it's doing if end users reinstall programs that have been removed. How can you draw that conclusion? The only reasonable conclusion is that the end users don't care about following the policy of that manager. That in no way refects on IT skills.

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How about this idea?

by Kiltie In reply to Why does it reflect badly ...

Play on the users guilt complex.....

Change all the shortcuts to the games, so that they point to something else, such as a screen displaying words to the effect of:




Actually, there is plenty of scope for some creativity here, designing garish screens, flashing images/messages, maybe even some sound, played at loud volume so that everyone else can hear, thus embarrasing the user?

OOOoooohhh I have a wicked sense of humour, some may call it perverted..........

tee hee

but I think it will work

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