I was trying to create an account for my little brother the other day, so he can play games on my computer without messing with the rest of my stuff.... here's what I noticed:
1) When I went into User Accounts, I noticed that there was some user called "Win-Asp.net A'..." or something to that effect... said it was password protected and a limited account... not sure where the heck it came from so I deleted it... I'm wondering whether I should have done that... I don't recall creating the account and I don't see it on the login screen.... any ideas?
It was created by the .netframework. The account is generally used if you are developing software with ,net. I have not run into a case where deleting it causes issues, even with .net applications. It would not harm anyone being there, though either
2) What are Power Users? I was trying to limit my brother to just games and when I went to set which users have the ability to edit a file, I noticed Administrators... blah blah blah and Power Users... is this anything i should be worried about?
You must have xp pro. The Power User class can perform any task except for those reserved for Administrators. They are allowed to carry out functions that will not directly affect the operating system or risk security. Power users can create local user accounts, modify user accounts which they have created, change user permissions on users, power users, and guests, install and run applications that do not affect the operating system, customize settings and resources on the Control Panel, such as Printers, Date/Time, and Power Options. They cannot access other users' data without permission or delete or modify user accounts they did not create
3) Lastly... can someone direct me to a site or instructions on how to setup a situation where all my brother can access are games and nothing else... maybe his own "My Documents"... but that's it... I want to know kind of sharing and security setups are needed...
Thanks in advance for those willing to help.....
The problem with this is despite Microsoft's intent, some games require an administrator privilidge. Very annoying. You can encrypt files under your account, and password protect your account
Might work on a program, too
You can group policy to restrict user access to certain areas of windows
You can buy 3rd party programs to lock people from programs
You need to be more specific as to what you do not want him to do---furthermore, is this really something you need to do? Siblings using computers who go down this route concern me. Do you even have the authorty to "lock" him out? I know that if I had one child locking another child out on the family computer, I would have some issues with the locker.
Education is always the best solution to these issues.