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Block Specific Programs on Your Computer in Vista

You may have software on your computer that you don’t want [insert account user type here] accessing. Windows Vista lets you block access to programs – for individual user accounts on your computer. Learn, in this guide, how to set up controls to restrict access to specific programs on your computer.

This guide is included as part of the Windows Guides Vista User Accounts and Parental Controls Series. Please visit the main page if you would like to learn why this guide may be useful.

Restrict Access to Programs

To restrict access to specific programs on your computer, do the following:

  1. Make sure you are logged in as the administrator of the computer
  2. Press the Start button and select Control Panel
  3. Under User Accounts and Family Safety, click Set up parental controls for any user
  4. Vista Parental Controls 4

  5. If prompted, (type your password and) select Continue
  6. Click the account you want to add parental controls to
  7. Vista Parental Controls 5

  8. Click on Allow and block specific programs
  9. Allow or block specific programs in Windows Vista 1

  10. Select [username] can only use programs I allow
  11. Check the programs that can be used
  12. Press OK when you are done

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  • Tweakwindows

    Yes,this is one of the good feature in Vista.In XP we had to do using Registry.

  • Yes,this is one of the good feature in Vista.In XP we had to do using Registry.

  • Rich

    Vista makes it so easy!

  • Vista makes it so easy!

  • Anonymous

    Wow , Vista make me like my computer better.

  • Anonymous

    Vista accout a lot of  memory, but the system easy to use.

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