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Restricting default games

How can I remove/restrict default games installed on Win2k Pro/XP machines using GPO?
It's quite hard to do what you want with Windows 2000 clients. You might check out the policy setting named "Don't run specified Windows applications" located in User Configuration | Administrative Templates | System. It's pretty limited, but may prevent some Windows 2000 users from doing the harm you want to prevent. However, for Windows XP you have a much more industrial strength option: Software Restriction Policies. These policies use "Rules" to tie down specific applications (like Doom.exe) or patterns of applications (like *.bat) files. Therefore, you'll have much more control on your Windows XP machines. Check 'em out!
This was first published in November 2004
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