Windows Server 2008 R2 - GPO to Disable CTRL+ALT+DEL totally or Disable Shutdown and Restart?


  • Hello,

    There seems to be templates to disable different things on CTRL+ALT+DEL screen, but not Shutdown and Restart. How do I disable CTRL+ALT+DEL totally or remove Shutdown and Restart options?

    I need to disable all shortcuts like CTRL+SHIFT+ESC and WINDOWS+???, especially Windows+R as well.

    The aim is to allow user to use only one application that is being run as shell and totally nothing more via Remote Desktop.

    Best regards,


    Thursday, July 25, 2013 8:39 PM


  • Hi,

    In an AD domain, this behavior can be controlled by this policy:

    [Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options: Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL + ALT + DEL]

    By default, this policy is Not Defined. That means CTRL + ALT + DEL is required.

    In your case, you can enable this policy to achieve your goal.


    1. The "Control Userpasswords2" command needs administrator privileges.

    2. Disabling the CTRL+ALT+DELETE sequence creates a "security hole." The CTRL+ALT+DELETE sequence can be read only by Windows, ensuring that the information in the ensuing logon dialog box can be read only by Windows. This can prevent rogue programs from gaining access to the computer.


    Friday, July 26, 2013 8:37 AM