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Standardized user environments are critical for organizations that want to reduce IT support costs and workload. Faronics WINSelect provides a quick, flexible, and scalable way to configure the functionality and feature set of any Windows computer to conform to an organization’s requirements. WINSelect also complements, manages, extends, and often replaces Group Policy Objects (GPO). It works alongside existing policies and delivers features and capabilities not offered by GPOs.

WINSelect is also an easy to use GPO alternative for those that want to customize or lockdown computers, but do not have the time and training to use Group Policies or lack an Active Directory structure.

Replace GPOs
WINSelect is an easy to use alternative to Group Policy Objects. Instead of investing the time and training required to understand and manage GPOs, organizations can use WINSelect to customize or lockdown computers through an intuitive and non-technical interface. Many of the common customizations that Group Policy Objects are traditionally used for are also found in WINSelect, such as modifying Start button functionality, enforcing Windows Explorer restrictions, and limiting right-click functionality. By using WINSelect, you can create the same tailored computing environment as a Group Policy Guru, but in a fraction of the time and effort.

Alongside GPOs
Many organizations rely exclusively on Group Policy objects to customize or lockdown their computing environments, but there are limitations to this model. GPOs lack the flexibility to allow for differing levels of security and permissions within multiple areas of an organization. Network environments that are decentralized or lack an Active Directory environment make managing and enforcing Group Policies especially troublesome.

Not only is WINSelect easy to manage, flexible, and scalable, it also works alongside Group Policy Objects to extend customization capabilities beyond the level achievable by each method individually. In fact, WINSelect provides the ability to import, edit, and manage Group Policy settings through the use of ADM templates. In this way, WINSelect can employ GPOs in areas where they work well and pickup where GPOs fall short.

Beyond GPOs
WINSelect takes system and application customization to the next level by providing capabilities that are not possible via Group Policy Objects. Selective desktop icon hiding, drive hiding, file extension blocking, and disabling of folder manipulation, drag and drop, and right clicks on the Start menu are just some examples of the desktop customization features exclusive to WINSelect. Network restrictions include the ability to create a website white list or black list, while printer controls can block access to all or select printers and enforce print quotas.

In fact, WINSelect can customize more than just the system settings and functions; it can even remove menu items and prevent right clicks within Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Office, as well as third-party Windows applications. By scanning the menu options of a selected application, WINSelect enables the removal of nearly every menu item.

Whether you are a novice user or a Group Policy Guru, WINSelect will heighten your system control options above and beyond what you have today.

One Click Kiosk
Schools, governments, and businesses often need to deploy kiosk computers that offer a limited feature set—for example, a catalog computer in a library, an information kiosk in a shopping mall, or a self-service kiosk in a bank. Limiting a computer’s functions is an important part of protecting a computer’s purpose. Having fully-functional computers placed in environments where only limited-functionality is required carries the possibility of computers being used by users in an unintended way.

WINSelect can easily transform a full-featured computer into a kiosk machine with one click. When activated, Kiosk mode will launch your chosen application(s) automatically at system logon, and restrict users from minimizing, maximizing, or closing the program(s). Kiosk mode also disables access to the Start button and Windows Taskbar, as well as right-click functionality. Setting a time limit on each session ensures that users are not able to loiter on the the kiosk computer.

Key Features

  • Kiosk Options
    • Automatically launch predetermined applications upon startup
    • Block access to specific menu items and hot-key combinations
    • Restrict access to any application on the workstation
  • Microsoft Office Application Functionality
    • Prevent the use of Visual Basic for Applications and prevent access to VBA through Microsoft Office
    • Prevent macro shortcuts within Microsoft Office programs
    • Disable tools/add-in menu items to prevent users from enabling/disabling Microsoft Office add-in programs
    • Disable the Web toolbar within Microsoft Office
    • Disable the Detect and Repair option from the Help menu
  • Session Timer Settings
    • Create time-limited user session with a countdown timer on screen
    • Decide whether users have the option to extend session limits
    • Create multiple time segments that reference codes for users to input
  • Regulate Start Button Functionality
    • Hide the Start Button
    • Disable Start Button right-click functionality
    • Customize which options are available via the Start Menu
    • Force the Classic style Start Menu to remove the Control Panel, Printer, and Network Settings from the menu option
  • Control Panel and Desktop Restrictions
    • Restrict access to user accounts
    • Hide any desktop icon
    • Prevent right-clicks on desktop icons
  • Windows Explorer Restrictions
    • Prevent drag and drop functionality
    • Prevent delete, rename, and folder creation
    • Restrict access to UNC path
  • Internet Explorer Restrictions
    • Control which features and options are available within Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 & 7 and Mozilla Firefox 1.5 and 2
    • Prevent right-clicks within the browser
    • Prevent users from changing the default homepage
    • Prevent Microsoft Office from being launched via the execution of Office application files
    • Provide all KIOSK mode options
    • Create a list of allowed or restricted web sites by domain name, IP address, or range of IP addresses and domain names
    • Prevent users from using the address bar to access files
  • Open, Save and Print Options
    • Control read access with the option to block saving data to the Hard Drive, Floppy Drive, CD, DVD and USB devices
    • Control or block network and web-based data storage
    • Restrict the opening and saving of files with specific file extensions
    • Restrict user access to specific printers
    • Restrict the number of pages a user can print
    • Display the number of pages available to print
  • Active Directory Template Integration
    • Import ADM templates for Active Directory to control any Microsoft product
    • Import Microsoft Vista GPO’s to control workstation functions
  • WINSelect Templates
    • Export all configurations into a secure file
    • Use template files to easily deploy standard settings to multiple workstations
  • Enterprise Control
    • Deploy and manage WINSelect directly from Faronics Core Console
    • Schedule WINSelect restriction times and levels
    • Command Line Interface support for WINSelect workstation management
    • Schedule, execute, and configure tasks and settings via groups
    • Apply configuration changes without workstation logoff
    • Remotely scan a machine and select the programs which are allowed and not allowed to run
Remotely scan a machine and select the programs which are allowed and not allowed to run Winselect Enterprise
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