Web Analytics
    Home Best Of Freebies Guides Forums Sites Windows Tools About Subscribe  

Disable Shutdown in Windows Vista/XP

Windows Vista Guides, Windows XP Guides Add comments
Free Windows Books, Software, and Guides

You may not want someone shutting down a computer because you don’t want them accessing the boot menu, or you may want to have the computer running at all times. This guide will show you how to remove the Shut Down option from the Start Menu, CTRL+ALT+DEL screen, and task manager. Users can still shutdown in the run dialogue — learn how to disable the run dialogue, or keep reading.

Please Note: This guide involves the use of the Group Policy Editor, which is not included with Vista Home Premium/Basic or Windows XP Home. If this is the first time you are using the Group Policy Editor, read this guide.

Unfortunately I do not know how to do this tweak using only the registry. If you know how, please contact me.

Remove Shutdown button from Start Menu and Task Manager

  • Start Group Policy Editor (Start > Run > “gpedit.msc”)
  • In the left panel, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu & TaskBar
  • In the right panel, enable Remove and Prevent Access to the Shut Down Command

What Next?

Looking for something else?


Get free books and software from Windows Guides

4 Responses to Disable Shutdown in Windows Vista/XP


Roxane Barnes

ah ha! Now I can stop my kids from shutting down the computer ALL the time!


Richie Melendez

Thank you ;)

Trackbacks (Trackback URL)

  1. Trackback URL
  2. Windows Guides Security and Administration Series | Windows Guides | www.Mintywhite.com
  3. Sam

Comment Form Windows Tools, Help & Guides Comments RSS RSS

If you have a computer help question, click here to leave it on the forums instead.