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How to Remove Shutdown option from Windows XP

Do you want to remove shutdown option completely from your System? If yes, then you can easily perform it with merely few simple steps. In Windows, besides of Shut Down option on the start menu, the user can also shut down via CTRL + ALT + DEL as well as using shortcut command ALT + F4. Anyhow, If you want to completely remove shutdown option from all possible options on your system, then below is a simple guide that will help you to remove and prevent access to Shutdown command.

Remove Shutdown option from Windows XP

1. Start –> Run –> type gpedit.msc and press Enter.

2. In the left pane of Group Policy Editor, Navigate to Local Computer Policy –> User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Start Menu & Taskbar.

Remove Shutdown option from Windows XP

3. On the right pane, double-click on “Remove & prevent access to shutdown command” and click on “Enable” option and click on Apply and OK.

Remove & prevent access to shutdown command

You will notice that the Shutdown options on Windows XP are now removed and should prevent the user from shutting down the system. However, user will still be able to shutdown system using the shutdown command in command prompt or run command. In case you want to restrict the user from the command prompt as well then you can very well do that easily using Group Policy Editor.

It’s better you don’t restrict shutdown command from the command prompt as no one would think about shutting down system via command prompt except for few geeks and techies. Anyhow, the shutdown command comes handy when you have removed all Shut Down options on your system, and you want to shut down your system in such a case.

  • Go to Start –> Run, type shutdown and Press Enter.

The above command will shut down your system within a 30sec countdown time; however, if you want to shut down immediately type shutdown –s.

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