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  • Launch Regedit and go to the following registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/CurrentVersion/Policies

    Under this key, there will definitely be a key named explorer. Now under this explorer key we can create new DWORD values and modify it's value to 1 in order to impose the restriction. If you want to remove the Restriction, then you can simply delete the respective DWORD values or instead change their values to 0. The following is a list of DWORD values that can be created under the Explorer Key-:

    NoDeletePrinter: Disables Deletion of already installed printers

    NoAddPrinter: Disables Addition of new Printers

    NoRun : Disables or hides the Run Command

    NoSetFolders: Removes Folders from the Settings option on Start Menu (Control Panel, Printers, Taskbar)

    NoSetTaskbar: Removes Taskbar system folder from the Settings option on Start Menu

    NoFind: Removes the Find Tool (Start >Find)

    NoDrives: Hides and does not display any Drives in My Computer

    NoNetHood: Hides or removes the Network Neighborhood icon from the desktop

    NoDesktop: Hides all items including, file, folders and system folders from the Desktop

    NoClose: Disables Shutdown and prevents the user from normally shutting down Windows.

    NoSaveSettings: Means to say, 'Don't save settings on exit'

    DisableRegistryTools: Disable Registry editing tools (If you disable this option, the Windows Registry Editor(regedit.exe) too will not work.)

    NoRecentDocsHistory: Removes Recent Document system folder from the Start Menu (IE 4 and above)

    ClearRecentDocsOnExit: Clears the Recent Documents system folder on Exit.

    Nolnternetlcon: Removes the Internet (system folder) icon from the Desktop

    Under the same key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/CurrentVersion/Policies you can create new subkeys other than the already existing Explorer key. Now create a new key and name it System. Under this new key, system we can create the following new DWORD values(1 for enabling the particular option and 0 for disabling the particular option):

    • NODispCPL: Hides Control Panel

    • NoDispBackgroundPage: Hides Background page.

    • NoDispScrsavPage: Hides Screen Saver Page

    • NoDispAppearancePage: Hides Appearance Page

    • NoDispSettingsPage: Hides Settings Page

    • NoSecCPL: Disables Password Control Panel

    • NoPwdPage: Hides Password Change Page

    • NoAdminPaqe: Hides Remote Administration Page

    • NoProfilePage: Hides User Profiles Page

    • NoDevMgrPage: Hides Device Manager Page

    • NoConfigPage: Hides Hardware Profiles Page

    • NoFileSysPage: Hides File System Button

    • NoVirtMemPage: Hides Virtual Memory Button

    Similarly, if we create a new subkey named WinOldApp, we can add the following DWORD values under it(1 for enabling the particular option and 0 for disabling the particular option):

    Disabled: Disable MS-DOS Prompt

    NoRealMode: Disable Single-Mode MS-DOS.

    Sunday, December 9, 2007 8:19 AM

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