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Hey there all

Does anybody know how to prevent people from installing/running MSN messenger on Windows XP professional

I can prevent them from installing/running Windows messenger simply by using the grpedit.msc program, but unfortinatly it does not stop them from installing the MSN version.

I know settings can be changed in windows 2000, but I am unsure about XP

Any help would be greatly appreciated :winkgrin:
 

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You could write a small program to run as a service that would seek the install program and terminate it if it sees it.

Or you could just prevent them from installing programs all together...

~GICodeWarrior

P.S. Ill see if I can whip something up for you but it might be a couple days.

EDIT: I found a way you could block the install but it would really only be blocking based on the filename of the install so if the filename was changed by the user they could install it...

Look in Administrator Tools > Local Security Settings > Software Restriction Policies > Addidional Rules

Make a new path rule like "*\InstallFileName.exe" where InstallFileName is the name of the installer you want to block. Like I said though obviously if the file name changes on the web site or if they change the file name it doesn't work anymore.
 

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(haven't used any of these)


http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/r1050474316

Type this in the run command box..... RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove Will remove the msn messenger from XP


http://www.windowsxpatoz.com/cgi-bin/performance/index.cgi?answer=1036282782&id=1036282433

Go into: C:/Program Files/Messenger. Rename the Messenger folder to "MessengerOFF" This does not slow down Outlook Express or hinder system performance.

http://www.lecour.net/richard/archives/000278.html
 

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GICodeWarrior said:
EDIT: I found a way you could block the install but it would really only be blocking based on the filename of the install so if the filename was changed by the user they could install it...

Look in Administrator Tools > Local Security Settings > Software Restriction Policies > Addidional Rules

Make a new path rule like "*\InstallFileName.exe" where InstallFileName is the name of the installer you want to block. Like I said though obviously if the file name changes on the web site or if they change the file name it doesn't work anymore.
Thanks man,

Ive implemented a coupla rules and with the disable access to Windows messenger program also preventing the running of MSN messenger versions 4.x.
It should slow students down enough

Thanks a lot :D
 
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