We're experiencing an issue on Windows 10. When disabling the Shutdown option for users via Group Policy, the option disappears from the Start Menu, but doesn't disappear on the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen.

We're using the "User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar\Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands " policy setting, or alternatively we're setting the

"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoClose" registry key to 1

Using the exact same settings properly disabled the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen using the previous versions (we tested on Win7 and Windows 8.1).

According to this page, this setting should still disable shutdown and restart on the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen:


Can someone offer some insight on this issue?

Is this something that changed in Windows 10, or is it a bug? If it's a change, how can we accomplish this on Win 10?

  • This behavior limited to just a single user or all users on the domain? I tested it on my machine and the policy works. You are using Version 1511 and the current build? – Ramhound Jan 28 '16 at 15:30
  • Hi! The setting is supposed to be set only for a single user. I'm using version 10.0.10240 which is a bit old, will try a newer one if I get a chance. – torgabor Jan 28 '16 at 16:21
  • The link you provided applies to the current build of Windows 10, while I don't believe that to be a possible explanation for the behavior, the current version should be used whenever possible. So are you modifying the domain policy or the local domain policy if its only a single user? – Ramhound Jan 28 '16 at 16:25
  • Here is a link from the server fault wizards. Hopefully the Ctrl+Alt+Del method works for you. – DrZoo Jan 28 '16 at 18:52
  • I've tested the behavior with build 10.0.10586. I'm editing the local group policy. – torgabor Jan 29 '16 at 10:21

You can also set who is allowed to Shutdown the system from Computer "Configuration > Windows Settings > User Rights Assignments > Shut down the system".

To remove Task Manager go to "User Configuration > Administrative Templates > All Settings > Remove Task Manager"

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    Hi! Removing the current user Configuration > Windows Settings > User Rights Assignments > Shut down the system". doesn't disable the Shutdown from the Ctrl+Alt+Del page either. Also I don't want to disable the Task manager – torgabor Jan 28 '16 at 14:51

Try this "User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu & Taskbar > Remove And Prevent Access To Shut Down Command"

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    Hi! We've already tried that, as I mentioned in my post. – torgabor Jan 28 '16 at 15:11

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