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Group Policies is a powerful area in windows base system where you can control what users can do and cannot do.Unfortunately in windows XP you have a slight problem as all these group policies will apply to the Administrator account as well. Reason behind this is Windows XP dose not support domain users like windows Server versions. Still you can use gpedit.msc or Group Policies to define limitations for users.

How to get control over Group Policies?

Method 1: (Click) Start > (Click) run > (type) gpedit.msc > (Press) Enter
Method 2: (Windows Drive normally it is C) C:\WINDOWS\system32 and you will able to find the gpedit.msc file and double click it.

(Hint) Copy a short cut of gpedit.msc file to your desktop. This will come handy when you play with gpedit.msc file. I will let you know later.

After you open the gpedit.msc windows open go to user configuration and then to Administrative Template folder.

In this I will show you some useful group policy settings you can start with.
Restrict Windows Messenger.

If you do not want your users to use Windows Messenger and you want to block it this is a effective way to do it.

Administrative Templates
Ø (Select) Windows Component
Ø (Select) Windows Messenger
Ø (Double click) Do not allow windows Messenger to be run
Ø (Select) Enable
Ø (Click) Apply
Ø (Double click ) Do not automatically start Windows Messenger initially
Ø (Select) Enable
Ø (Click) Apply

(Hint) Group policies are defined in English. Therefore you can explore through Administrator Template folder and find many useful things you can do to protect your shared computer by enabling the limitations.

These gpedit tricks will come handy if you want to control IE settings.

You can find the gpedit setting in the following location

Administrative Templates
>Windows Component
>>Internet Explorer

Some Interesting Settings

Enable Disable changing home page settings will disable uses changing the home page. First change the Internet Explorer Home page to what you want and enable this.

Enable Disable changing of Auto-Proxy scripts

Enable Disable changing Advanced Page Settings will add more security

Enable Disable changing proxy settings will stop users changing the proxy Settings from IE.

Administrative Templates
>Windows Component
>>Internet Explorer
>>> Toolbars
Disable customizing browser toolbar buttons & Disable customizing browser toolbar will stop users adding or deleting any toolbar buttons or doing any changes to the toolbar.

Administrative Templates
>Windows Component
>>Internet Explorer
>>> Internet Control Panel

Disable the Security page
Disable the Content page
Disable the Connection page
Disable the Programs page
Disable the Privacy page
Disable the Advanced page