Disabling "Shut Down" button the start menu

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Sam-I-Am, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. Sam-I-Am

    Sam-I-Am Guest

    How do I disable the "Shut Down" button in the start menu?


    Sam-I-Am, Oct 20, 2004
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    Miha Pihler Guest

    Hi Sam,

    Do you need to do this in domain environment or on standalone computer?

    Miha Pihler, Oct 20, 2004
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  3. Sam-I-Am

    Sam-I-Am Guest

    It is actually for our webservers, to ensure nobody shuts down while logging

    I guess examples for a domain and stand-alone would be great.


    Sam-I-Am, Oct 21, 2004
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    Miha Pihler Guest

    Hi Sam,

    The problem with standalone computers is that it will apply to all users
    including administrators. So even when you need to shutdown you will have to
    use some other means of shutting down the computer since you won't have Shut
    Down button available. One option would be to try _remotely_ from another
    system with


    command line tools (I haven't tried it -- so I am not sure if it will

    In domain environment you can apply this policy to specific user and allow
    only one administrator to shutdown the system.

    To remove the button open group policy at appropriate domain level (e.g.
    domain, or OU -- usually it will be OU and policy will apply only to certain
    users/computers). If you will do this on standalone computer, start the
    local policy editor (gpedit.msc).

    Under user configuration drill down under Administrative Templates -> Start
    Menu and Taskbar. Here look for policy "Remove and prevent access to the
    Shut Down Command". Double click on the policy and click on Enable.

    Miha Pihler, Oct 21, 2004
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