Can I prevent network users from installing 3rd party software?

Windows hardening expert Jonathan Hassell explains how you can restrict Windows 2000 professional users from downloading 3rd party software in Windows2003.

I recently installed Windows 2000 Professional for users and they connect to a Windows Server 2003. I wanted to know if there is any policy defined in Windows Server 2003 which I can put onto the Windows 2000 users and restrict them from installing third party software.
No. If you upgrade to Windows XP, you can use Software Restriction Policies, which will largely give you the functionality you require.

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This was first published in July 2006

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