A Quick Tip To Prevent Users From Accessing The Computer Tab

by [Published on 21 July 2009 / Last Updated on 1 March 2009]

This article explains a quick tip which you can use to prevent users from accessing the Computer Tab on My Computer property.

You may need to prevent your users from accessing the Computer Tab on My Computer property for security or some other reason. There is no any Group Policy setting available to disable this but you can set the permissions on the NetID.DLL file which implements the necessary functions to show this Tab on My Computer property. You need to use the steps mentioned below to do so:


  • Search NetID.DLL file on the local computer.
  • Remove or set the following permissions to hide the Computer Tab.

Administrators - Full Control
Power Users - Read & Execute, Read
System - Full Control

The default NTFS permissions are:

Administrators - Full Control
Power Users - Read & Execute, Read
System - Full Control
Users - Read & Execute, Read

Note: You can also create a script to deploy the permissions set on NetID.DLL using the Group Policy.

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The Author — Nirmal Sharma

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Nirmal Sharma is a MCSEx3, MCITP and was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in Directory Services and Windows Networking. He specializes in Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Directory Services, Failover Clusters, Hyper-V, PowerShell Scripting and System Center products. Nirmal has been involved with Microsoft Technologies since 1994. In his spare time, he likes to help others and share some of his knowledge by writing tips and articles on various sites and contributing to PowerShell-based Dynamic Packs for www.ITDynamicPacks.Net solutions.

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