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How can I disable all games in Windows XP Pro with Active Directory or Group Policy?

I would like to disable all the games in Windows XP Pro. I work at a school and the kids keep playing the games. Is there any way in AD and GPO to disable it?

I would like to disable all the games in Windows XP Pro. I work at a school and the kids keep playing the games. Is there any way in AD and GPO to disable it?

In Windows Server 2003 Group Policy, I think you will find that Software Restriction Policies are the way to go. Using SRP, you can either define a list of .EXE files that your students are allowed to run and only allow them to run those you've defined, or else explicitly deny access to only a few .EXE files: sol.exe, freecell.exe, etc. There's a good tutorial out on WindowsNetworking.com that will step you through setting up a basic SRP for an environment just such as yours.

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This was first published in November 2005

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