Help setting up an internet cafe

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  1. pyehac

    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    Right now, I work at a computer repair shop/internet cafe. Our setup consists of two desktops with XP; one with Vista (which I'll be downgrading soon); and one with a live CD of linux (which I'll install XP on soon). The current XP desktops has a networked printer that is shared from one of those computers (no dedicated printer server) but I want to lock the two XP computers down so that no one can clear the history, or do anything but surf the internet. I used Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit but that was too restrictive as it didn't run the printer drivers for the networked printer.

    I just want to minimize the start menu down to a log off and internet explorer, while disabling the right click, clearing of history, and of course installation of programs (and viruses and spyware for that matter).

    can OT help?
     
  2. DAN513

    DAN513 OT Supporter

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    you can do a lot of what you're trying to do by creating a guest account with limited privelages and disabling the start menu and right click stuff with group policy. It would be through the local policy.
     
  3. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I don't usually recommend Linux, but for what you're doing you don't need Windows. Get Ubuntu linux and rig it up so Firefox starts automatically and can't be closed.
     
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    It's the easiest way although there's a bit of a learning curve involved, so just sit down with it one afternoon and play around with it, you're not gonna break it and worst case scenario just format it
     
  5. pyehac

    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    But the computers has XP home.
     
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    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    A computer is already running a live version of ubuntu, but literally no one touches it (even when the other computers are taken). If that wasn't a problem, then I'd gladly bust out my linux skills and install it on all of the machines.
     
  8. Supergeek

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    Maybe a skin that makes it look like Windows will help. All they do is browse, right?
     

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