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I'm using Windows 8 and I find the power button and the accessibility options very annoying. It's a computer that is in a public place surrounded with kids and they keep on changing the accessibility options and turn off the computer.

Is there a way to remove those two features from the logon screen and make it available for authenticated users only?

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To remove the shutdown button:

  • Press the Windows Key, type gpedit.msc, press Enter.
  • In the Local Group Policy Editor, open Computer Configuration – Windows Settings – Security Settings – Local Policies – Security Options.
  • Find Shutdown: Allow system to be shut down without having to log on, double click it and select disabled – now the shutdown button will be gone.

To remove the Ease of Access button:

  • Press WindowsX and open the Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Enter this command to forbid everyone to execute utilman.exe:

    cacls %windir%\system32\utilman.exe /C /D Everyone

  • Type Y when you're prompted.
    In case you should be getting an Access Denied error, change the ownership of Utilman.exe to Administrators, then try running the command again.

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they edited your answer and removed the last line that actually answers the question. – Shimmy Sep 10 '13 at 17:25
@Shimmy I paraphrased the instructions from the site Peter was linking to. We no longer allow links to it, since it's been spamming Super User quite heavily, and we don't want to feed any further traffic there. Hope you understand. – slhck Sep 10 '13 at 17:40
@slhck oh I get it. thank you then. – Shimmy Sep 10 '13 at 18:05
This also works for Windows 10. – Rosdi Apr 2 at 3:48

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