I remember on the macs at school everything was disable and all we could access was files we saved and the applications we needed... Can it be done for windows XP?
I have this vision of a plain desktop with just icons for her own software and a logoff/shutdown shortcut. My computer, network places, IE and the taskbar completely removed - so I don't have to keep loading software for her, she can just click away.
I don't know, I have tried every option, I can't remove the taskbar and all that comes with it from her account. I can choose to hide it but as soon as the wandering mouse goes near that area up it comes.
As jonnyrocker says, create a limited account for your child.
Then, go to C:/Documents and Settings/All Users/Start Menu/Programs.
Move every one of the program short cuts to C:/Documents and Settings/Your user name/Start Menu/Programs.
This has now removed access to all programs from your child and given you access to everything.
Go back to the list of programs under your user name and copy the shortcuts of whichever programs you are happy for your child to use to C:/Documents and Settings/Child's user name/Start Menu/Programs.
Your child will now be able to access those limited number of programs from his/her Start; All Programs menu.
Now password-protect your user account so that your child cannot get into it.