Windows 10: Removing files from "All Apps" Tablet Mode for childrens account

  1.    07 Sep 2017 #1

    Removing files from "All Apps" Tablet Mode for childrens account

    Hi all, I have recently re-installed "Windows 10 Home" onto my laptop after a year of my 2 children downloading, installing, deleting and moving all manner of files, my theory - back everything up and go with a new, "fresh" start. I have set them both up this time around with their individual user account and all is good with these, however, I am trying to remove certain apps/folders - or at least make them inaccessible to them.

    My account is set up in desktop mode where everything runs and looks like your regular pc desktop (how I like it), they on the other hand prefer tablet mode. I have set up their "Start" screen with the apps and features they use, however, in the top left corner is the "All Apps" button and this is where the problems start.

    When this is clicked, it gives a list of all apps, programs and folders installed and accessible to them, including folders such as "Windows Administrative Tools" and "Microsoft Office 2016 Tools". I am trying to hide or remove these folders from their account, being 8 and 10, they don't need access to these folders and I know if they are left on there the 8 year old will be defragmenting, cleaning and deleting in no time.

    I have tried hiding the files in the "Programs" folder (the shortcut source folder) but this does not work, deleting the file seems to delete the folder for all users (including myself), right-clicking an app gives the option to uninstall and this seems to uninstall just for that user, I am just having a headache with the folders mentioned above, right-clicking a folder does not give any options.

    Any help or suggestions removing, or just hiding these folders within their accounts (within the "All Apps" navigation) would be great.

    I hope this makes sense to someone & many thanks in advance, Wayne
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  2.    10 Sep 2017 #2

    Hi, as you have the Home edition, you can't use the group policy editor.

    However, provided you're familiar with the registry and can take due precautions using registry backup and system restore, you could try
    How to Block (or Allow) Certain Applications for Users in Windows
    (Written for Win 7, but may well work in Win 10 - I've not tried it).
    - more recent similar article:
    Prevent Users From Running Certain Programs

    This is specified up to Win 8- you could try it, and look for an alternative if not.
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  3. Posts : 2,707
    Windows 10 Pro x64 1803 - 17134.5 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       10 Sep 2017 #3

    Hi Wayne and Welcome to TenForums.

    I actually use either Pro or Enterprise versions of Windows 10 so the following is Theory Based rather than experience based

    Windows 10 has an in-built Family control system available that is specifically designed to meet your requirements The Family Options allow you to add each child and adult in your family set-up as individuals with their own desktop and usage limits

    The simplest way to get started is to go to Settings and Type Family in the search bar ...

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    There are a full range of step by step tutorials on this site which will assist you in designing and setting up a custom designed system for your family based on age needs etc ...

    Family Child - Manage Apps, Games Media Settings Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials
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  4.    10 Sep 2017 #4

    I suspect the options of restricting users using that may be rather limited
    Apps & games allows you to limit the apps and games your child can download from the Windows Store. It also lets you unblock any app or game you’ve blocked previously.
    Does this apply at all to desktop programs downloaded from other sources than the store?
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 1803 - 17134.5 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       10 Sep 2017 #5

    I just picked one random tutorials of the many there by Shawn, there are, as usual, many more

    Windows 10 Forums - Search Results

    I have used the previous family access control systems on windows, for small business controls where server based control was not practical, and it controlled all the "dangerous" system tweak applets, control panel, and also granular control of programs for the "child" users. It also included control over the amount of Online or even local access each "Child" was allowed

    I am assuming that the new "improved" Win 10 version follows the same system
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  6.    10 Sep 2017 #6

    Thanks- there's a very detailed description here:
    How to Add a Child or Adult User in Windows 10

    How to Add and Monitor a Childs Account in Windows 10
    Blocking apps by age rating must surely apply only to store apps.
    Also mentioned is:
    'You can also explicitly' .... suggests access to the Microsoft Family Safety web site will allow specific apps to be blocked.

    This implies the site has access to a list of all programs installed on an individual account, which I find interesting. Of course that would be feasible...

    Windows 10 Features

    So downloading other browsers and running them would have to be restricted.

    • Turning on web filtering for a child blocks access to adult websites and enables safe search, which filters out adult content in search results from Bing, Google, Yahoo! and other popular search engines.[3] When Web Filtering is enabled, the safe search setting blurs out adult content in images. The web filter also provides a block list for parents who want to prevent their child from accessing specific websites. In addition, the Allow List Only feature gives parents the ability to block access to all websites that are not on the Allow List. Web Filtering blocks InPrivate browsing in Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. When the child is blocked from visiting a website, they can send a request to the parent asking for permission. Upon approval the child can visit the website.[4] Since other browsers are not blocked, a child can access any website using a different browser (either installed or portable).
    • Activity Reporting – Parents can obtain a list of the websites visited, device usage time, and apps used for any Windows 10 PC or Mobile devices. InPrivate browsing is blocked in Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers. Parents can choose to receive the activity report as a weekly email for each child. Child users are copied on the activity report email that parents receive and are able to view a read-only version of their activity report on the website.[5]
    • Screen time - The time limits feature allows parents to restrict the amount of time a child can use the PC. Parents can specify time intervals that PCs can be used as well as a maximum time allowance per PC. When time runs out, the child can send the parent a request asking for a time extension. Upon approval the child will be able to continue using the computer.[6]
    • App, games & media limits - Parents can set an age rating for content that a child can acquire in the Windows Store. The age rating applies to apps, games, music, movie content that a child can browse or acquire in the Windows Store. Any content rated above the child’s age rating is blocked. Parents can explicitly block an app or game through the child’s Recent Activity report. When a child attempts to access a blocked app or game, they can send the parent a request asking for permission. Upon approval the child can access the app or game.[7] It is not possible to block non-Windows Store applications.
    • Purchase & spending features - Parents can add money to their child’s account that the child can then use to buy content in the Windows Store. This feature allows parents to give their children spending allowances without having to attach a credit card to the child’s account. Parents can see a child’s recent purchases in the Windows Store.[8]
    • Find your child - Parents can find their child’s Windows 10 Mobile phone on a map.[9]
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  7. Posts : 31,389
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
       10 Sep 2017 #7

    Hello @wayneali, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    It sounds like have them as a child account in your Family may work best for you. This way you can manage your Family settings as an adult account to restrict the child accounts how you like.

    Child Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10 Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials

    Family Settings - Manage for Child in Windows 10 Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials
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