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How do I disable shutdown -- make restart the default

Posted on 2006-10-23
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Hello,

I have a Windows 2000 Pro box that perdiodically shuts down for no reason, other than maybe a kernel fault or something.  What I'd like is to disable the memory dump and enable auto-restart by default, and finally disable shutdown such that the box is always running, never shutdown for any reason.

What must I do in the registry or elsewhere's to accomplish this?

Thanks in advance,
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1. Right-click My Computer -> Properties

2. In the Advanced tab -> Startup and Recovery -> Settings button.

3. Make sure that the automatically reboot is checked
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by:Jay_Jay70
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you cannot deny a machine shutting down...if its going to shutdown it will shutdown, your auto restart will help in crashes but sometimes a shutdown is going to happen...
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by:Ryan_R
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If you go to Administrative Tools, Local Security Policy, then Expand Local Policies, and choose User Rights Assignment. Then scroll down on the right hand side to where it says "Shut down the system" and double-click it. Listed there are all the User groups that are allowed to shut down the computer (ie Admins, Users, Power Users, etc) - just remove the entries you want so that they can't shut down.

NB: I'm getting this from XP so things may look a little different in Win 2000. Hope you can figure it out.

Ryan R
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by:Jay_Jay70
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there are workarounds for that polic if you know how
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by:Ryan_R
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of course, depends how ghosting wants to implement this. He's not trying to stop a user from shutting down, but rather a program or something else (for no reason). If the PC is logged on as an Administrator, and ghosting removes the Administrator group from those allowed to shut down, this may solve his problem.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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if an application is shutting the machine down then user membership wont make a difference, or am i missing something that you are saying here?
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by:Ryan_R
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maybe, maybe not. It's something he'd have to try and get back to us on. I personally thought that if a program runs AS a certain user in a certain user group, then the appropriate permissions would apply to that program. But you could be right too. We'll have to wait and see if it works for ghosting.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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I am interested, i dont think the application itself will fall into those security boundaries though, we shall see
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by:usacadena
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start -> run -> type gpedit.msc

go to user config -> adm templates -> Start Menu...-> Enable "Remove and prevent access to shutdown cmd"
Create a shortcut in all user profile in start menu, pointing to SHUTDOWN -s -t 01
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Well http:#17791952 answers the first half of the question
And the following comments should've helped with the second half (would've been nice if he returned to confirm it with us though)
I guess I'm pointing towards a split here
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