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How to Restrict Access To Network Drives in on Windows

Posted by David  •  Dec 28th, 2009 10:01:04 am - Subscribe | Mood: good | Music: The American Life - This is Redemption

Entry explains How To Restrict Access To Network Drives in on Windows. Do you have a shared or public pc that many users use? If so you can restrict them from external network drives using the local group policy.

(Windows 7 & Vista only)

How To Restrict Access To Network Drives in on Windows

  1. First type gpedit.msc in the search box of the Start Menu and hit Enter.
  2. Now go to User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Windows Explorer. Then on the right side under Setting, double click on Prevent access to drives from My Computer.
  3. Select Enable then under Options from the drop down menu you can restrict a certain drive, a combination of drives, or restrict them all. The main drive you would probably want to restrict is the C:\ drive or which ever lettered drive Windows is installed on. Restricting all drives means they can’t access the CD or DVD drive, and cannot use a flash drive if they need to get files from it. Note: This setting won’t prevent users from using programs that access the local drives.
  4. The restrictions take effect immediately, no restart is required. When a user opens up My Computer they’ll be able to see which drives are listed, but when they try to access a restricted drive, they’ll get the following error message.
  5. Keep in mind that Local Group Policy allows you to customize several settings for how you want to administer your machine. Restricting access to certain drives in addition to other security and access measures, can help keep a shared computer stable and secure.

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Comments 2  •  Dec 28th, 2009 10:01:04 am - Subscribe  •  Tweet this entry | Post a comment


anonymous Says:
November 09th, 2011

Network Drives are user created drives.
C: drive is a Hard Disk Drive
A: and B: Drives are Removable Storage Drives.
This tutorial doesn't explain how to restrict access to network drives.

anonymous Says:
March 18th, 2016

So how about NETWORK DRIVES ???

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