Set restrictions to your PC

If you hate people messing around with your PC, you can stop them by editing the registry.

Vishal of AskVG have listed a number of things you can do to set restrictions to you PC.

1. Restricting Desktop Properties

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\System

Create new DWORD NoDispCPL and set its value to 1

If you want to restrict any particular tab in Desktop Properties like Themes, Screen Saver, etc, you can take help of following tutorial:

How to Enable / Disable Changing Themes, Wallpapers, Screen Savers and Other Settings

2. Restricting Taskbar Properties

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoSetTaskbar and set its value to 1

3. Restricting System Properties

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoPropertiesMyComputer and set its value to 1

4. Restricting Folder Options

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoFolderOptions and set its value to 1

5. Restricting Registry Editor

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\System

Create new DWORD DisableRegistryTools and set its value to 1

6. Restricting Task Manager

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\System

Create new DWORD DisableTaskMgr and set its value to 1

7. Restricting Control Panel

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoControlPanel and set its value to 1

Also check following tutorial:

How to Hide / Show Specific Control Panel Applets / Icons in Windows?

8. Restricting Command Prompt

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

Create new DWORD DisableCMD and set its value to 2

9. Restricting Locking/Unlocking of Taskbar

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD LockTaskbar and set its value to 1

10. Restricting right-click on Taskbar

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoTrayContextMenu and set its value to 1

11. Restricting Toolbars in Taskbar

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoToolbarsOnTaskbar and set its value to 1

12. Restricting drag-and-drop and right-click in Start Menu

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoChangeStartMenu and set its value to 1

13. Restricting RUN in Start Menu

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoRun and set its value to 1

14. Restricting Shut Down, Restart, Sleep and Hibernate commands

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoClose and set its value to 1

15. Restricting Log off in Start Menu

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD StartMenuLogOff and set its value to 1

16. Restricting Active Desktop Feature

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoActiveDesktop and set its value to 1

17. Restricting adding/removing items to/from Toolbars

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoToolbarCustomize and set its value to 1

18. Restricting adding/removing Toolbars

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoBandCustomize and set its value to 1

19. Restricting Autorun Feature

Visit following tutorial:

How to Disable Autorun Functionality in Windows Using Registry Editor?

20. Restricting notification at low disk space

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

Create new DWORD NoLowDiskSpaceChecks and set its value to 1

21. Restricting Writing to USB Drives

Go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Current Control Set\Control\StorageDevicePolicies

Create new DWORD WriteProtect and set its value to 1

Also check following tutorial:

How to Disable / Restrict Use of USB Storage Devices in Windows?

22. Restricting “New” option in context menu

Go to following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenu Handlers\New

And delete the value of Default, e.g., empty it.

23. Restricting “Send To” option in context menu

Go to following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenu Handlers\Send To

And delete the value of Default, e.g., empty it.

24. Restricting any desired application

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun

Create new String value with any name, like 1 and set its value to the desired program’s EXE file.

e.g., If you want to restrict msconfig, then create a String value 1 and set its value to msconfig.exe. If you want to restrict more programs, simply create more String values with names 23 and so on and set their values to the program’s exe file.

25. Restricting Drives in My Computer

Go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

In right-side pane, create new DWORD NoViewOnDrive and change its value as following:

3 : To Restrict A and B drives only.
4 : To Restrict C drive only.
7 : To Restrict A, B, and C drives only.
8 : To Restrict D drive only.
F : To Restrict A, B, C, and D drives only.
03FFFFFF : To Restrict all drives.

If you want more specific restrictions, like you want to restrict a combination of drives, you can use decimal no. instead of hexadecimal no. Following is a list for all drives decimal no.:

A: 1
B: 2
C: 4
D: 8
E: 16
F: 32
G: 64
H: 128
I: 256
J: 512
K: 1024
L: 2048
M: 4096
N: 8192
O: 16384
P: 32768
Q: 65536
R: 131072
S: 262144
T: 524288
U: 1048576
V: 2097152
W: 4194304
X: 8388608
Y: 16777216
Z: 33554432
ALL: 67108863

So if you want to disable a combination of drives, just sum their numbers and give the same value toNoViewOnDrive. e.g., for restricting C, D, E and F drives, give the value: 4+8+16+32 = 60

NOTE: You can also hide the drives using NoDrives DWORD value. The location and its value remain same as the above trick.

That’s all. Above are some common restrictions, if you want to know about any specific restriction, please let us know.

NOTE: If you want to remove the restriction, simply delete the DWORD or set its value to 0

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One Response

  1. good post … you can find out more about computer security on http://www.securitynet.org

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