How to disable shutdown for a remote desktop

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How to disable shutdown for a remote desktop
Disable the shutdown option for a Remote Desktop connection through Group Policies. (laptop image by martini from

Remote Desktop Services, previously known as Terminal Services, is a component of the Windows operating system (OS) that allows users to access data and applications on another computer over a network connection. Accessing the entire desktop of a remote computer is also an option of Remote Desktop Services. If you don't want users remotely shutting down the server they are accessing, you can disable the shutdown option through the group policies of the server. You must be an administrator on the server to apply such changes.

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  1. 1

    Click "Start" from the System Tray located at the bottom of the desktop and then click "Run."

  2. 2

    Type "gpedit.msc" from the "Open" box and click "OK."

  3. 3

    Expand "Computer Configuration," by clicking the small "+" sign next to the left of the option. Expand "Windows Settings," "Security Settings," "Local Policies" and then click "Security Options."

  4. 4

    Double-click "Allow system to shut down without having to log on" from the right pane of the Security Options window.

  5. 5

    Click "Disabled" and click "OK."

  6. 6

    Restart your computer for changes to take effect.

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