How to restrict users to Shutdown in Windows 7

This article explains how to restrict the standard users to shutdown the computer in Windows 7 operating system by using the shut down button and through shutdown command.

How to Restrict users to Shutdown in Windows 7

Windows operating system administrator can restrict the users not to use some of the features. Shutdown features can be disabled in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 for the users when the user is not logged in to the system. In order to shutdown the computer using the power button you require physical access to computer. If you do not have physical access to the computer and the user need to wait for the other users to finish their tasks in a remote system. Users need to login to the system in order to shutdown the system, so that we can track who shutdown the system.

Even though it is created for Windows 7, the same process will work with Windows XP and Windows Vista operating system to disable the shutdown option for the standard users.

You can remove the Shut down button from the Windows login screen using Local Security Policy Window.

Local Security Policy will not available in Home basic edition and Home Premium edition.

In order to remove the Shutdown button from the login screen, click the Windows start button and click All programs and expand Administrative ToolsLocal Security Policy to open Local Security Policy editor Window. You can open the Administrative Tools from the Control panel too.
From Local Security Policy Window open Local Policies and then expand Security Options will show all the policy related to Windows Security in the right side of the panel. Scroll down to Shutdown; Allow system to be shut down without having to log on and it will show the State column as Enabled and set the column to disabled to remove the Shutdown button from the Windows login screen.

Windows 7 Disable to shutdown the computer

In order to remove the shut down button from Windows start menu find Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down command and set the policy to Enabled in order to prevent the user from shutting down the computer.
Now the user can go to the command prompt and type the command shutdown /s to shutdown the computer. Now you need to disable the access to the Windows command prompt so that the user will not be able to shutdown the computer using shutdown command.

In order to disable the access to the command prompt type gpedit.msc in run command prompt and pres enter button will open the Local Group Policy Editor Window. Now open User Configuration from the Local Group Policy and expand Administrative Templates and then select System folder will show the settings in the right side of the Window. Select Prevent access to the command prompt and double click on it will open the setting section. Now select Disabled and click OK button to apply the changes.

windows 7 prevent access to the command prompt

This setting is applicable to all the users of the system and they cannot shutdown the computer except by switching off using the power button of the system. All the shutdown options are now removed from all the users, except administrator. Administrator can only shutdown the system. Any time you can change the settings to revert back all the changes.

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Author: K Mohan10 Aug 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Good article by Jeyakumar and its well explained to the core.

The details and presentation was given in such a way that it can be understood well.

K Mohan

Author: D.Jeya Kumar(JK)10 Aug 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1


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