Windows 10: restrict user to run only a few applications Windows Home edition

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  1.    26 Jan 2017 #1

    restrict user to run only a few applications Windows Home edition

    Hi. I created a user name titled "Visitor". How can I (without a lot of registry changes) allow Visitor to run only 5 or 6 applications. I have created a unique desktop for Visitor with only those icons. Visitor is not a family member.

    Or can I create a unique start menu that only shows the 5 or 6 applications to Visitor?

    I found out how to restrict Visitor to one application but not more than one. Windows 10 Home edition.

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  2.    27 Jan 2017 #2

    As you probably know this is possible using the Group Policy Editor, not available in the Home Edition.
    You could have a look at sites such as this; try observing normal caution; I've not tried this so no guarantees.
    How to Enable Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home Edition

    How to Block (or Allow) Certain Applications for Users in Windows
    (Updated for '10- describes Regedit, then GP Editor).

    There may be a suitable parental control type program that can do this. (Some AV's offer parental features).
    (Win 7 had a parental control feature that supported this- I believe it was withdrawn in '10- vague memory).

    ** E.g. McAfee Internet Security offers:
    Explicitly block or allow a restricted user profile the ability to use

    specific programs installed in the computer and limit their access to
    Internet Newsgroups
    MCAFEE INTERNET SECURITY 5.0 Manual (Page 31 of 128)
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  3.    27 Jan 2017 #3

    Hi there

    If the Visitor is a casual user a possible scenario would be to create a Virtual Machine and simply install those applications you want the user to run -- this is probably the safest way but could be a bit of overkill.

    Another way would be to install a HOME VPN and only present the relevant desktop to your user - also a bit overkill - but both these would be great learning tools !!!!.

    Other than that I can't really suggest anything here -- Windows by its nature is a single user system which makes this type of stuff a bit tricky -- I'm sure some Windows Gurus might be able to come up with something.

    Windows HOME edition IMO seems a bit basic once you want to do anything a bit more complex than just run typical programs from your own user id.

    Controlling Internet is easier -- even just setting up a proxy server for "Visitor" -- plus there's all sorts of options in your Router and Windows Firewall -- but that's a totally different issue.

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  4.    27 Jan 2017 #4

    I think using an appropriate security suite is a neat option...
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  5.    27 Jan 2017 #5

    dalchina said: View Post
    I think using an appropriate security suite is a neat option...
    Hi there

    actually that's probably a HIDEOUS solution as you are depending on 3rd party software which often fails after update - and to even THINK of installing Mcafee on any HOME computer --'nuf said.

    Incidentally instead of PAYING for a security suite to achieve this solution - I think you'd be better off upgrading to W10 PRO and then use standard Group Policy editor.

    The trick of getting it to work on W10 HOME - referred to in an above post is neat - but there again those sorts of tricks are likely to stop working at any time after updates etc.

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  6.    27 Jan 2017 #6

    ..not recommending McAfee in particular, or indeed at all. Just saying that's a possible direction in which to look for a solution.

    There are parental control programs too, but most seem to be more focussed on internet issues than program control.
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  7.    27 Jan 2017 #7

    Thanks very much for your suggestions. What about this idea: move all the entries from the public start menu to that of the administrator start menu. Then add just a few entries into the start menu of the Visitor.

    If I understand this correctly, the public start menu entries flow down to all the users. But the users can have additional start menu entries too. I know this works with desktops. If the public start menu has few entries and Visitor's start menu has a few more, would Visitor only show those few apps in its start menu?

    I'll give it a try and see what happens. Thanks, again! ~mark
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  8.    27 Jan 2017 #8

    Easily defeated- just use search, or launch the program from its installation folder.

    Of course if you carefully install certain programs just for one user, that would help, making sure only the programs you want the other user to have access to are installed for all users.
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       27 Jan 2017 #9

    dalchina said: View Post
    (Win 7 had a parental control feature that supported this- I believe it was withdrawn in '10- vague memory).
    The nearest equivalent is family settings, I believe?
    Family Settings - Manage for Child in Windows 10

    But seemingly it doesn't allow control on what software can be run, except by age rating.
    Plus the user being restricted needs a Microsoft account, which is probably no good for a general Visitor login.
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  10.    27 Jan 2017 #10

    Yes, fuller parental controls were available in '8.. good comment here:
    Parental controls in Windows 10? - Microsoft Community

    (and I've discovered I get 'Something went wrong' if I try to add a family member... I can add someone else...).
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