We’ve all faced restrictions at least once when it comes to using a PC. These restrictions aren’t completely random and are put in place for the user’s own good and protection, although a lot of times it looks like it’s only for the user’s frustration. These restrictions can appear while trying to open or edit certain folders or files located in said folders. For the longest time, Microsoft put an integrated tool at our disposal for editing these restrictions, but the general response was negative, calling it clunky and awkward to use.
If you are looking to alter some restrictions on your PC and don’t want to use the integrated tool, we invite you to take a look at SSRP, or the Simple Software Restriction Policy. SSRP works by tapping into your device’s registry directly, allowing it to alter the restrictions imposed upon the user.
A minor setback this application is the temporary lock-outs out of certain disk partitions or folders (i.e a New Folder sitting in your D:// directory). SSRP offers a quick solution to this in the form of a “free for all button”. It comes with a feature that allows you to unlock everything so you can do whatever you want on your PC. You can achieve this by right-clicking the program’s icon and selecting the Unlock option. You can also set specific locations on your PC that can be marked as exceptions and will not have to deal with blocking issues, such as those you frequently use or add new content to.
SSRP is flexible and will work on any version of Windows as long as it’s not below Windows XP, and is ready to roll as soon as you install it and doesn’t need any advanced configuration. If want to get into further configurations on your own however, you can do so by modifying an INI file which the program opens for you automatically. However, despite its friendly configuration, you’re going to have a bit of a hard time understanding everything so to all you novices out there, beware.
On the other hand, the configuration .INI file comes with a lot of useful information and tips that will help you get the hang of how everything works in no time. Some of these tips include and are not limited to:
; Software in standard locations such as Program Files can always run.
; Add any extra locations from which software can be run here.
; (LAN users note – drive mappings are accepted, but may need a manual policy update if they are changed.)
; Format is disk_location=1 Examples:
; J:\=1; (LAN users note – drive mappings are accepted, but may need a manual policy update if they are changed.)
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