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    Wish to create an administrator account with restrictions

    I use Windows 10, but I think this scenario is common to most versions of Windows, and thus this forum.

    I frequently test software, so it's helpful to have ready access to an administrator account. But my self-discipline is sometimes lacking, and I end up wasting time with computer games. K9 Web Protection (www.k9webprotection.com) is excellent at blocking access to websites with games. I installed it, configured it the way I needed it, then got a trusted friend to change the email and the password. It even blocks administrators, which is ingenious!

    Unfortunately, I inadvertently discovered there's a simple way to get around K9 (I'm not describing it here, for the sake of other users). If I had a way to block administrator access to the Group Policy Editor and the Registry, that would solve my problem. (Bonus: blocking the GPE would also enable me to block the Windows Store, with its thousands of games; K9 doesn't touch those, at least not yet.)

    QUESTION:
    1) Is this possible?
    2) One idea: I understand from Fred Langa's articles that there is the hidden Master Administrator account. Perhaps that could be used to amend permissions in the regular administrator account, as described above?
    Thanks for all suggestions.

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    My thoughts are that the whole purpose of the main user having Administrative Rights is to allow more actions than what a Standard user can do and that the Home version of Windows may not have as many settings that the Pro version with its Group Policy Editor does.

    True, there is a 'hidden' Administrator that can be activated and can do even more things than a user with Administrative Rights, don't often need it but have come across some things that wouldn't install otherwise.

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    Add yourself as a child account and your trusted friend as the only adult.

    If you have admin access you'll always find some way round any restriction.

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    Sigh... you're probably right.

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