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In my environment, I want to prevent temporary users(guests and such), from shutting down the computer. From within Windows.

I would have thought this option would be listed in the USER/Groups Management section, but it is not. Or I didn't find it. I've checked the group policies too, but I didn't find it.

How can I configure this?

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From How to prevent users from shutting down or restarting XP and Vista :

  • Type gpedit.msc in run dialog box [ WIN KEY + R ]
  • This will open Group Policy Editor. Now there are two things in it, Computer Configuration and User Configuration
  • Click on User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Task Bar
  • Now look for “remove and prevent access to shutdown command”
  • Double Click and Enable it.
  • Exit the group policy editor.

This setting removes the Shut Down option from the Start menu and disables the Shut Down button on the Windows Security dialog box, which appears when you press CTRL+ALT+DEL.


These settings are applicable to all users except administrators.
You'll need to create non-Administrator accounts for the other users.
You can restart the computer and log in as Administrator to change it back.

See also this article:
How to prevent shutdown of a Windows XP computer

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Aha, that's it. I find the choice of words by windows to be a little strange though. Probably why I didn't find it. – KdgDev Dec 16 '09 at 11:04
When I enabled this, it seems to be in place for every single account on the system. I want this to be limited to the guests only. Is that possible? – KdgDev Dec 16 '09 at 11:13
See my edit above. – harrymc Dec 16 '09 at 12:02

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