- January 5, 2010 at 6:31 am #28919
One feature of group policy is to hide or prevent access to your drives. You may ask why do I still need it since I have Deep Freeze already? Well, I have deep freeze installed but the only drive that I froze is where my operating system is setup, which is drive C:My drives are partition into two. One is for the operating system and other softwares that doesnâ€™t require updates and the other drive (d:) is for games and applications that usually looks for newer version.My unfrozen drive is the one being exploited. Saving unwanted files, pictures and porn games (grr!) are just some of the examples that I have on that drive. And to make matter worst, windows xp usually scan the drive for errors that makes the booting process so long. That prompts me to look for a way to hide or disable the access to my drive without using third party applications. Hereâ€™s how you do it.This method can be used only on Windows 2000/XP Professional Edition.Open the Group Policy Editor (Start > Run, type in â€œgpedit.mscâ€ and press [Enter]).Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates> Windows Components > Windows Explorer.Here, youâ€™ll find â€œHide these specified drives in My Computerâ€ and â€œPrevent access to drives from My Computerâ€.The difference between the two settings is that â€œPrevent accessâ€ will allow the user to see the drive icon, but will give an error message when he tries to access it.â€œHideâ€ will remove the icon so the user wonâ€™t see it, but the drive can still be accessed by using Start > Run and keying in the drive letter.Under this setting after you click the radio button next to â€œEnableâ€, youâ€™ll see several options. Choose the one you want to apply. For example, â€œRestrict A and B drives onlyâ€. Once your done, just click on apply and presto! drive is gone. No need for extra softwares to do the trick.Use group policy for whatever purpose you desire. Use it with caution.January 28, 2010 at 5:39 am #32810
Thanks for the tips 247time….will go through it.
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