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Hiya guys, Same question for 2 OS's - Win 95 and Win 2000 I work as a network manager for a school and wanna lock the kids out from changing the internet options in internet explorer! What i want to do, is let them use the internet (Till they take the P***, then i'll take it back) but when they click tools, options, nothing happens or they get the messge i've disabled the feature. I need this on windows 95 platforms and windows 2000. Windows 2000 are locked down with gpedit.msc (group policy) 95 is locked down with viglen classlink. Any help would be great. Cheers, Carl robinson

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Check out a product called “Deep freeze” and its competitors. basically you get your pc the way you want it, then startup deepfreeze. users can make any changes they want, but a simple reboot wipes out all changes and returns pc to original condition. It takes a little extra work seting up pc’s but once you get it right on one, you only ever do it once on the others.

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  • Ciscocat6k
    You can also use SpyBot Search and Destroy to lock the hosts file as well as IE options. Just make sure that you don't install it as a program group or desktop icon. you will need to go to the directory to run it but it will lock the current users out of options totally if needed. Cheers, CatMan
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  • Davesil2
    First of all, get rid on windows 95. It's a lousy OS and limited for administration. (well that's my suggestion). For windows 2000 pro you can make changes in the active directory group policy and set the options you want for internet explorer. You make the settings in GP and they are not changable. -David
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  • TedRizzi
    Windows 2000 and xp machines can do this with group policy's in active directory under administrative templates you want to add inetres.adm, for win95 you can do the same thing using poledit. both solutions can be implemented to allow administrators full access to the menu, but users no access to it.
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  • Ciscocat6k
    Opps also forgot to say: By restricting access to 'Internet Options...' within Microsoft Internet Explorer the end-user would be unable to remove the proxy settings stored within Microsoft Internet Explorer. An article can be found in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 823057 by implementing the registry value 'NoBrowserOptions'. For network administrators: You can use Group Policy or the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) to apply most of these settings. When you apply most of these settings, a restart of Internet Explorer is required for the changes to take effect. Cheers, CatMan
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  • Carl0s81
    Hiya guys, Thanks for the help, have sussed the 200 Ggpedit out and will do that when i sort my next thing out!!( Temp files limit for all users!) WOuld love to get rid of 95, but school has not got enough money (Yet) Will post a new question for this, how do i set a temp internet file limit for all users on 2000? i cant spend ot sort this??? If any of you can help, i'll explain in my new post.
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  • MrWizard
    Not enough money to upgrade from w95??? Check again. Microsoft has special pricing for edcational organizations...dirt cheap. I just upgraded an entire school. Can't remember to price for a WinXP Pro license, but I do remember the Windows Server 2003 std license w/5CALs was only about $110!!!!
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  • Darthwave
    You should really think about upgrading to XP with SP2. Windows 95 is chock full of security holes. Considering that you are in a educational enviornment you should seriously think about upgrading these units.
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  • Carl0s81
    HIya guys, thanks for all the advice, if it was down to me, and the PC's could take it, i'd up them all to XP SP2!! However the PC's won't take it and the school teachers insist on using old software (they still teach office 97 for crying out loud!!!!) which causes all kinds of issues in 2000! (Solved all though, small fixes to do with rights.). Anyway, just so you all know i have sussed the 2000 way out, i don't remove tools, i go into gpedit on each machine and take away all of the options, now when they click options, they get privacy tab only and our kidds aren't smart enough to do anything, and if they were, the main firewall blocks anything and everything anyway!!! I will crack poledit in 95 and see what i can get! Thanks again. Carl.
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  • Snowin
    Hi Karl, Depending on your location, I would seriously consider making a case to your senior managment for some money to do a large amount of work on your network. I'm a sysadmin in a School in the UK, so I know most of the issues that you are likley to face on a daily basis. I evelualted a number of application and managment suites for a new network, and found the best one to be a suite of applications called Ranger. You can find a number of resources (including trials) and more information at www.rangersuite.com Internet issues were one of the main reasons I had for deploying Ranger, as well as it's ability to work on Win9x, NT and XP/2K workstations. In regard to your specific issue here, you can create a standard group (mine is called "No Internet") which will kill all applications with http:// https:// www. internet explorer and a anything else that you choose to add in the title bar. I'd be more than happy to help you outline the education benefits of a newer network to your bosses, just send me a private message. As far as your origonal question goes, I think you just about have it sorted out now. Regards, Snowin
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  • TechnoTeddy
    The issue of 2k being locked down has been answered sufficiently so I'll concentrate on the 95 boxes. Being in a network super-admin / support role to 71 schools I know only too well the issues of money and politics and ...... Anyway - 95 can (and we have done so) be succesfully locked down by using IEAK which is a free download from MS. What this basically does is write to the registry so you ALSO need to lock down the registry to guarantee that it won't be changed and that's where poledit comes into play. Beyond that, there really isn't much you can do without spending money. For my 2p worth I agree with the first poster and the use of Deepfreeze - it is a top product and works on any OS from 95 onwards. TT
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