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How to keep guest account from shutting down Windows XP Pro

By jewel33 ·
I remotely manage (using VNC) a computer for a friend's business. The problem is that the receptionist continues to shut down the PC even though it has been repeatedly stressed that it needs to stay on. This, of course, means that if I need to maintain the computer during off hours I must drive to the business, which defeats the purpose of remote management. How do I either:

a. Disable the "Shut Down" option on the Guest account

-or-

b. Set the PC to automatically reboot after a shutdown?

It seems as though it should be easy to do either one, but for the life of me, I can't figure out how to do it.

The PC is running XP Pro.

Thank you so much for any assistance anyone can provide!

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And Survey Says

by BFilmFan In reply to How to keep guest account ...

Disable the Guest account...

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have to have the guest account

by jewel33 In reply to And Survey Says

Have to have it; she has to use the PC during the day and I don't want her downloading things and visiting certain sites, so I had to set up a restricted guest account for her

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Good morning

by tech7inc In reply to How to keep guest account ...

I would if I were you MMC fromthe run command and thru group policy ttake out the shut down command .

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Bios (auto-on option)

by zrow0ne In reply to How to keep guest account ...

Another option is to enable the "auto on mode" option located in the computers bios (instructions at the end). You can use this to make the computer automatically turn on at a specific time of day. For example, if the receptionist leaves everyday at 5:00pm you could set the auto on option to automatically turn on the computer at 5:15 (or sometime shortly after she leaves). Even if the receptionist turns off the computer it will come back on in a couple minutes automatically. ***When the pc is booting up press del or F2 to access the bios. The setting can usually be found under Power Management or something similar. When you find the option set it to enable and type in the time you want the pc to power on.*** Hope this helps!

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Make her fear you

by Paul In reply to Bios (auto-on option)

Had a similar problem
Had a Nice chat after the chad she never dared to turn the Pc off again.
Yep I made some treats.
We can be nasty can't we ?
Something if she did it again the Database
would crash and I tell the boss she did it again.

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To disable "Shut Down Button" ...

by Servicemaster In reply to How to keep guest account ...

1.Open registry editor (RUN-REGEDIT-ENTER)
2.FIND THE KEY : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\- WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\POLICIES\SYSTEM
3.RIGHT-CLICK IN THE RIGHT WINDOW, SELECT "NEW", IN THE SUB MENU SELECT "DWORD VALUE"
4.GIVE THE NEW DWORD NAME: ShutdownWithoutLogon
5.HIT ENTER
6.DOUBLE CLICK ON THE NEW DWORD YOU JUST CREATED AND IN THE "Value Data" TYPE "0"
7.HIT ENTER
YOU CAN DISABLE THIS ANY TIME BY CHANGING THE VALUE TO 1 OR DELETING THE DWORD COMPLETELY.
GOOD LUCK.

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Wake on LAN

by tim.mcgovern In reply to How to keep guest account ...

Have you tried using something like WOL? Basically, if the machine is off you can wake it up (turn it on) by sending a magic packet to its network interface. You'll have to check that the motherboard, PSU and LAN card support the option. If the LAN is build into the motherboard, chances are it'll "Just work". I'm posting with an annomyous account, but I'll check back for any questions in about a week.

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posted under reply--moved to show as reply to user

by nance459 In reply to Wake on LAN

removed to reply to user...

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Way to make the "shut down" only allow the user to "log off"

by nance459 In reply to How to keep guest account ...

If you have questions I will check back, but seem that this might be the best alternative for what you wanted. I tested on my husband's XP and it worked. Hope this helps.. This uses the DACL (discretionary access control list) to make the appropriate groups have the appropriate rights. This gives her restricted access only and makes the computer more secure.

Under computer management create a group called ?shut down? or whatever, add the members that can shut it down the computer and to that group using the properties page (right click and choose properties). Make a user account for the user u need to restrict next go to the properties(right click and choose properties) for that user and remove the users group and the guest group only. Next, remember to disable the guest account by right clicking on the user account guest and selecting the disabled button, I also always rename it. This doesn?t remove the group---so you aren?t defeating your purpose, you will use that group in the next step?

Open the local security policy and locate ?user right assessment?and edit the ?shut down system? emove ?users? group using the property sheet (right click and choose properties) IMPORTANT you must now add the users you want to have this ability?so put the new group of users you made into a group in the step above, or just list the users names if you wish?that is the ones that CAN shut down the system.

What this will do is to make the ?shut down? button only allow the user to log off?it will still say shut down, however, it will only give the option for the user to log off.

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