Preventing accidental shutdown

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 20 July 2011 / Last Updated on 20 July 2011]

How to prevent users from accidentally shutting down their computers.

In Windows 7, when you want to lock your workstation or log off, you click Start and then click the tiny little triangle to the right of the Shutdown button and then click either Lock or Logoff as desired. But how many times have you (or your users) tried to do this and accidentally clicked the much larger Shutdown button instead of the tiny little triangle?

To prevent users (or yourself) from accidently shutting down your computer when you only want to lock it or logoff, use Group Policy to configure the setting named "Change Start Menu power button" so that Shutdown button is changed to either Lock or Logoff as desired. This policy setting is found under User Configuration, Policies, Administrative Templates, Start Menu and Taskbar.

Now when a user wants to shutdown her computer, she'll have to click Start and then click the tiny little triangle to the right of the Lock (or Logoff) button and then click Shutdown. This will reduce the chance of unintended shutdowns occuring.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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