Prevent Users From Access Computer Content

Hello Friends, this blog is one step towards securing your computer’s data. You can prevent users from access computer content.

Prevent Users From Access Computer Content

Please follow steps as mentioned below through GPO.

First of all, open Group Policy Management Console and create a new Group Policy or freshers can follow link How To Open Group Policy Management ConsoleNow Group Policy Editor is ready to use.

First of all, create a Group Policy. Right click on this GPO, select “Edit” option displaying on it and go to the below path:

User Configuration –> Policies –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components–> File Explorer.

Once click on File Explorer then on right pane of the window, search for “Prevent access to drives from My Computer” policy. Double click on this policy settings and click on “Enable” radio button. After enabling it, just select the desired drive which you want to protect.

It actually, prevents users from using My Computer to gain access to the content of selected drives.

Please remember below points once you enable this setting:

  1. Users can browse the directory structure of the selected drives in My Computer / File Explorer, but they can’t open folders and access the contents residing in it.
  2. Users cannot use the Run dialog box or the Map Network Drive dialog box to view the directories on these drives.
  3. To allow access to all drive directories, disable this setting or select the “Do not restrict drives” option from the drop-down list.
  4. The icons representing the specified drives still appear in My Computer, but if users double-click the icons, a message appears explaining that a setting prevents the action.
  5. This setting does not prevent users from using programs to access local and network drives. And, it does not prevent them from using the Disk Management snap-in to view and change drive characteristics.

Now, click on OK button to come out of the setting.

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