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My wife's/kids' computer just kicked the bucket... It was loaded with more malware, browser toolbars, and questionable software than you could shake a stick at!

So now, they will have to use MY computer, and I'm not going down without a fight! I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate, so I'm interested in using the Group Policy Editor to lock things down a bit...

I've done some reading today, and it seems I can use Group Policy Editor to accomplish what I'm after. However, I've never dabbled in Windows Administration and I need a bit of guidance. My first act as administrator, was to create the rest of the family a Standard User account.

Particulary, I'm very confused about how to use this whole Group Policy Editor. My account on the computer is an Administrator, but if I make changes under Computer Configuration or User Configuration, does that affect my administrator account as well?

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Group policy is applied when logging onto a Windows Domain (ie. with a server acting as a domain controller). You won't be able to use GPO's without that. You can however use the "Local Security Policy" console to do some similar things. –  Coding Gorilla Oct 11 '11 at 20:23
    
@Coding Goriila: MLGPO has been available since Windows Vista. I've used it on a few occasions to lock down Windows 7 for non-Administrators. –  joeqwerty Oct 11 '11 at 20:25
    
@joeqwerty I see, I've never used MLGPO myself, but I started entering that comment before you responded, then walked away and came back. I didn't see your answer until later. =) –  Coding Gorilla Oct 11 '11 at 20:28
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You can create and configure a local Group Policy (Multiple Local Group Policy objects - MLGPO) for non-Administrators in Windows 7. Here's a guide to doing so:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766291(WS.10).aspx

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