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Need help with locking down Windows 8 Metro UI

  1. #11


    Thanks for your reply Jimbo45. The thing is mate, that:-

    1. I can't afford nor do I have the space for another pc
    2. This PC is used by everyone - My own PC is in a seperate room.
    3. This PC is also a family mediacentre, so that i can watch movies in our lounge.

    I hope your not going to mind me ranting, but I thought Windows 8 was better security? In all previous versions of Windows that I know of, you could at the very least lock the Start Menu+Taskbar, so kids could not add or remove shortcuts to programs or pin anything to the taskbar.

    From what I've gathered so far about this rubbish version 8 of Windows:-
    1. The Metro UI cannot be locked to certain apps
    2. The Taskbar is unlockable
    3. Kids or any user can alter their Menu as they wish without any control
    4. You can't stop Metro UI from loading or being activated with a shortcut key

    I can go on, but I'm sure you get the idea...where is the so-called Security for Administrators for the Win Pro and Enterprise editions...how would businesses deal with such a loop-hole if they installed Windows for their employees??

    Surely someone must know?

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  2. #12


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    First many of your complaints about why Windows 8 is "rubbish" to you apply equally to pervious versions of Windows.

    For instance, you cannot prevent users from deleting icons in their start menu (you can prevent them from deleting icons in the shared start, but not in their personal start menu).

    Not sure what you mean by "unlockable".

    The Metro UI can be locked to certain apps. Group Policy includes the ability to prevent specific apps from running, or the ability to whitelist only specific apps allowed to run. You can also lock people out of the store.

    I don't know of a way to stop the start menu from being able to open. But if you use the afore mentioned things, it shouldn't matter.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit, Ubuntu 13.04 64-Bit


    Just keeping your kids out of the store and keeping them from having admin capabilities should be enough.

    They cannot fully uninstall a program without providing your password, if I recall. Even then, why would your kids remove icons for stuff they wanna use anyways? Are they the very young kind that just press buttons willy nilly not knowing what they're actually doing?

    If they re-arrange the start screen in some weird way, if that works for them then I dunno why it's really an issue. If they unpin something, it can be re-attached to the start screen easily.
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  4. #14


    @ Mystere - Sorry, but yes you can make the start menu in win xp, win 7 locked down - i.e. no user should be able to add/remove or modify the layout of the programs once they've been locked - usually this is done via GPO.

    You said Metro UI can be locked to certain apps, but could you please be a bit more specific, how? Also how do I prevent users from altering the list of apps? At the moment, I can right-click and choose UNPIN or UNINSTALL and the icons are gone...I want to stop this happening.

    @ Lazure - The problem is mate that my kids ages are from 3 to 14. With previous versions of windows, I could use GPO to stop users from, unpinning apps/altering the start menu/removing apps and messing about with other settings...can I do this with metro UI? If so, how?
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  5. #15


    BUMP!

    Hello again guys. First of all please accept my apologies for being hasty and judging windows before even getting to know it properly. I have some good news. Last night I went into Group Policy and managed to "somehow" lock all the metro ui apps - so now my family account metro apps cannot be altered/unpinned or uninstalled without admin rights. This is great news as I want beginning to think that windows hadn't provided such security.

    The problem I have is that I need help with figuring out which setting(s)in GPO actually helped lockdown the menu, so that I can disabled them when I need to add any additional apps.

    Any help would be most appreciated.

    Thanks
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  6. #16


    Our family and business uses Secure Lockdown to lock down Windows. The multi-application version lets you add any app you need, but locks out the Windows desktop and the Metro-UI. It's not free, but it's short money for the ease-of-use and piece-of-mind.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by noobpc View Post
    BUMP!

    Hello again guys. First of all please accept my apologies for being hasty and judging windows before even getting to know it properly. I have some good news. Last night I went into Group Policy and managed to "somehow" lock all the metro ui apps - so now my family account metro apps cannot be altered/unpinned or uninstalled without admin rights. This is great news as I want beginning to think that windows hadn't provided such security.

    The problem I have is that I need help with figuring out which setting(s)in GPO actually helped lockdown the menu, so that I can disabled them when I need to add any additional apps.

    Any help would be most appreciated.

    Thanks
    Hello
    You have discovered what is the option in gpedit for do not change the apps on the start screen?
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