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I want to create a protected user account on Windows XP so the user cannot browse the C:\Program Files\ folder.

I want to install an application in C:\Program Files\, which they can run by clicking on a desktop shortcut, but I DO NOT want them to be able to:

  1. Copy that program do a disk
  2. Email it to themselves.
  3. View the app.config
  4. Install programs or do any other potentially harmful actions
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Right click on "Program files", browse to the Security tab and the rest should be simple. You probably only need to allow Read&Execute rights for the guest user. I don't really know how it will behave when the app will need to write something to the disk. You should test this aproach and see if it works or needs tweaking.


I just made a test in a VM:

  1. Created folder on desktop and put cmd.exe inside
  2. Created shortcut to this instance of cmd.exe
  3. Modified the rights as I described before


  • the shortcut still works
  • no longer have browsing access to the folder
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That gives them Read access though, which means they can copy the files, no? –  JohnB Feb 12 '11 at 19:10
see my update. why don't you just do a test :D –  user42933 Feb 12 '11 at 19:14
hmm, double checked that and it seems i was wrong, sorry :) –  user42933 Feb 12 '11 at 19:21

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