Shared computers are commonly found in schools, libraries, Internet and gaming cafÃ©s, community centers, and other locations. Often, non-technical personnel are asked to manage shared computers in addition to their primary responsibilities. Managing shared computers can be difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Without restrictions, users can change the desktop appearance, reconfigure system settings, and introduce spyware, viruses, and other harmful programs. Repairing damaged shared computers costs significant time and effort.
User privacy is also an issue. Shared computers often use shared accounts that make Internet history, saved documents, and cached Web pages available to subsequent users. The Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP provides a simple and effective way to defend shared computers from untrusted users and malicious software, safeguard system resources, and enhance and simplify the user experience. The Toolkit runs on genuine copies of Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
Download: MSCT XP 1.1Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit Version 1.1 provides the following software updates:
The error, "There is a Problem with this Windows Installer Package. A Script required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor." will no longer appear when uninstalling the Shared Computer Toolkit.
The Shared Computer Toolkit uninstalls properly when it was previously installed in a domain environment and Windows Disk Protection is enabled.
When you upgrade to MSN Messenger 7.5 from a previous version, your User Restrictions for MSN Messenger will be retained.
When Windows Disk Protection is enabled and the protection partition is full, the end user will be prompted to save files to a different location and restart the computer.
The Toolkit includes several command-line tools and the following graphical tools:
Getting Started. Provides access to computer settings and utilities and helps first-time operators learn the Toolkit basics quickly.
Windows Disk Protection. Protects the Windows partition (typically drive C) that contains the Windows operating system and other programs from being modified without administrator approval. Disk changes made are cleared with each restart unless the administrator chooses to save them.
User Restrictions. Restricts user access to programs, settings, and Start menu items. The tool also allows you to lock shared local user profiles to prevent permanent changes. (This tool is specifically for use in workgroup environments that do not use Active Directory and Group Policy. A Group Policy template is also included for use in Active Directory environments.)
Profile Manager. Creates and deletes user profiles. You can use this tool to create user profiles on alternative drives that will retain data and settings even though Windows Disk Protection is on. You can also use the tool to completely delete profiles that have been locked by the User Restrictions tool. Accessibility. Makes Windows accessibility options and utilities such as StickyKeys, FilterKeys, and Magnifier available to users who have been restricted from accessing Control Panel and other system settings. This download includes a comprehensive, 107-page Handbook in PDF format. The Handbook can be browsed online on TechNet.
Warning: The Toolkit is not intended for use on family computers as a parental controls measure — many of the security features may have adverse effects on family computers. Be sure to review the Handbook section on restricting children on a family computer if you are installing the Toolkit at home.
Note: Users of the Beta Release should review the SCT Beta Upgrade Notes.