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Removing program taskbar context menus

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    Also it looks as if you can only choose modern apps. I'd say that's a poorly designed feature in my opinion.

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    About hiding drives I'm not sure. I accidently hid Program Files in windows 7 and every thing in start menu and all my desktop shortcuts were gone. I had to pull out my system image and repair disk and reimage(thank god I use an SSD).
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    You can also use Family Safety to whitelist access to program. See this.
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    I restriced access to the C: drive..but I left the D: open so I can run things from my USB, but how do I disable program installions from the desktop, and from the USB drive (I'll use either windows restore or backup the off version of the registry key just in case I need a program on my USB drive). I found a way online added the registry keys and everything but it isn't working. :/
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    To back up registry keys there's a tool from Tweaking.com called Registry Backup that backs up the complete registry and can restore it too.
    Have you taken a look at that Family Safety option? I've never used it myself, but it looks a lot safer (and easier) than messing around with the registry. I only go to the registry to find left-overs of uninstalled programs I want to reinstall.
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    All of my problems are solved except one last thing, blocking installations from USB drives!
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    Am I correct in assuming that only you (or the Admin) has total access to this PC? then go to auto play in the control panel and set it up like this:
    Attachment 55930 For a good tool try this USB blocker tool.
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    I have auto play set to do nothing already, one of the first things I changed. You are correct in your assumption. Using a blocker like that would well, except if I then needed access to make changes I could not, I use portable software to tweak and change some things. That's why the registry editor is the best way to go for me because I have one way back there even though it's annoying. People said it creates an icon for you and you can open it and unblock it, so that would be wonderful and work great I could open the program and unblock my USB drive, but it'd need to be password protected.
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    So just password protecting the port itself would actually be a fairly perfect solution. The lady I'm working for is second ranking in the county so us two will know the password and no one else, and she may even tell me not to tell it to her. So password protecting the port, now that could be a really awesome solution! Haha
    By the way I appreciate all your help, I know I can kinda ramble on... Hahah
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    A way to tie down that account is to create another account ( name it your Job Title for example) make it an Admin account with a good password to use for any updates or changes, then change this account that's for daily use to a standard account (call it Incident Reports), then when you have to make any changes you can simply give your password. I have my windows 7 laptop set up this way(just like Linux systems are from default) so absolutely no changes can be made from me or from software(or malware) without my explicit permission.
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