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Using the Group Policy Editor how would you disable the F1 help key in WindowsXP?

Posted on 2004-10-07
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     We are making public access terminals that can only surf our home page,  any suggestions besides my original question would be appreciated.
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Never tried but, try User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer\Turn Off Windows + X hotkeys

Also under User Configuration\Windows Settings\Software Restriction Policies you might be able to restrict .chm files or something.
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        I cannot find either of these properties in Windows XP  PRO Group  Policy Editor.  Are you sure they exist
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They might have been added by XP SP2 or Server 2003???  If you upgrade a computer to SP2 and then view the domain policy it will automatically add those templates.

You might be able to get them from MS Downloads too??

I know XP SP2 added over 600 policies.
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The Second one I listed showed up on the domain policies, but not the local policies.
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    Actually I found a program called "KeyTweak" that lets you rearange your whole keyboard and its free.  Thanks for everyones help.


                                                    Colin7144
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Also if you want to make sure you have the same webpage come up everytime.  Schedule a task to run  regedit /s FileName.reg   In the reg file have the following in the .reg file.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]

"Start Page"="http://desiredhomepage.xxx"

This will assure that the start page cannot be changed and will be changed back in case it was.

I have done these kiosks before in breakrooms and such and they are a pain in the but.  Especially overriding proxys and stuff.

The same above can be used in the run key to override domain proxy settings.
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