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Restricting default games

How can I remove/restrict default games installed on Win2k Pro/XP machines using GPO?

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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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