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A little help in assigning user access to programs

by Bootnrally / December 31, 2008 11:44 PM PST

Greetings all, and Happy New Year!

Here's a little issue I have recently run into:

I built a computer for my stepdaughter to take to college back in the summer, and pretty much made it hers. Unfortunately, she ran loose like a nutjob downloading and installing programs and malware that literally destroyed the brand-new hard drive I put in...in the space of 3 months!

After a long period of repair and replacement of some parts, she was back up and running, and within days had installed "Blubster". Won't go into the details about the next day or two spent getting rid of that demon, but here's the real issue. Her mom decided that under no circumstances should she have administrator control over this computer. Therefore I had to set her up with a limited account.

The O/S is XP Pro, and all service packs and updates have been installed. The school she attends is a member of "Ruckus", a legal music sharing community. When I install the Ruckus software and player, it shows up on the administrator account programs list. I will never use this, so how (if it is possible) do I give her access to this without giving her full access?

I see that in another thread from four years ago this might be limited by the vendor, but just wanted to check options.

Thanks for all assistance.

Bob

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Re: giving access
by Kees Bakker / January 1, 2009 1:55 AM PST

How about putting a shortcut to it in her Start>Programs menu?

Kees

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What you might do is ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 1, 2009 1:56 AM PST

install the "Ruckus" software using the Custom install if offered - often that allows you to select to allow all users to run an application.

If no custom install is offered you might try granting her specific account read/write/execute permissions on the "Ruckus" folder and files within the folder by right clicking on the "Ruckus" folder in Windows Explorer then selecting Properties then the Security tab then Permissions where you can add her account then with her account selected set the dropdown box to allow special permissions which will open a window where you can assign the R/W/E permissions.

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