How to Disable Alt+Tab Key in Win 7 & Win 2008 R2?

Dear Sir,

I need to disable the combination program switch key (Alt+Tab) in Win 2008 R2.
I have an environment using Remote Desktop Services (RDS) were all users connects using Remote desktop session and use a single application.
Users are students :) Unfortunately, Students are keep playing and using the "Alt+Tab" key to switch and exit from the exam application.

I need to disable completely the Alt+Tab key in Remote Dektop Session...

Thank You.
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ISC-IT-AdminAsked:
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remixedcatConnect With a Mentor Commented:
here's a thread about it here. this way it will run the script for the AHK as well.

http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/topic15645.html
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remixedcatCommented:
this might help I've used this to disable the annoying start button!
http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/95652-disabling-alt-tab-other-keys.html#post828847
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rjantonelliCommented:
open the local group policy editor. then go to user configuration --> administrative templates --> windows components --> windows explorer. look to the right and RIGHT CLICK on "Turn off Windows + X Hotkeys" then Left click on "Edit". Enable will disable the hotkeys. Disable will Enable the hotkeys.  This turns off all key, but you can test the settings to determine what keys you what to disable.
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ISC-IT-AdminAuthor Commented:
Hello Rjan,

I already used a GPO to disable and "Turn off Windows + X" but this policy will not disable Alt+Tab or Alt+Esc...
it will disable only Windows Keys + XXX...

Any help?
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remixedcatCommented:
did you try my solution above?
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ISC-IT-AdminAuthor Commented:
Thank You Remixe,

Would you please help me to disable Alt+Esc.
I was been able to disable Alt+Tab using AutoHotKey [!Tab::return].

I need the script for Alt+Esc...

Thanks.
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remixedcatCommented:
BTW---->Here's a doc with the commands and overview:
http://www.autohotkey.com/docs/Hotkeys.htm

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ISC-IT-AdminAuthor Commented:

Done...

!Esc:return...

Do you think if this method will work on Windows Server 2008 R2 in Terminal Services Environment?
I need to disable for everyone Alt+Tab And Alt+Esc (!Tab::return , !Esc:return) who logged in remotely to the server...??

Thank?
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remixedcatCommented:
It might. All depends on your setup.
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ISC-IT-AdminAuthor Commented:
Yes this is me: :)

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-IE/winserverTS/thread/57409d75-9311-44e9-91fd-43445d0aada1

Unfortunately, I am not finding a solution for those who access remotely the server, I need to disable for them those keys as well...

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remixedcatCommented:
now are the systems they are accessing it from under your control? or are they using thier own laptops/desktops to access it? sometimes using RDP people can do local overrides that will defeat any GPOs on some RDP connections.
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ISC-IT-AdminAuthor Commented:
Hello remixe,

In fact, I am not a programer so I don't know how to use below code...

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/csharpgeneral/thread/8822c8fb-e784-42dc-82cb-a7f4a82ef8d7/

I tested AutoHotkey remotely now, it's working and disabled for Administrator account... I need to check if different user logged in remotely, keys will still be disabled or not?
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remixedcatCommented:
give it a try for different user.... however they may need thier own setup for the autohotkeys thing
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ISC-IT-AdminAuthor Commented:
The story is below:

All the systems is under my control.
I'm using Thin Clients as Kiosk Mode (RDC connections) RDP.
Thin Cliens is Linux based, When the Thin Clients boots, it logged in automatically into the RDS Windows Server...
Nothing to do on the Client side...
The exam application is running under Windows, when they logged (automatic RDP session), the application will launch automatically, then they need to enter the exam using their username and password... But they are messing with Alt+Esc and Alt+Tab...
When they press Alt+Esc the application will exist into the first stage were they need to login again...
They are keep pressing Alt+Esc and log in again...
I need to stop those keys.........

Thanks,
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ISC-IT-AdminAuthor Commented:

The problem is that I cannot run autohotkey under their username, because I enforced high policy for that particular user, nothing shown on the desktop...

Everytime I need to restart the server, I need to open and launch autohotkey...

Do you have a way on launching the AutoHotKey that I customized automatically when the server is restarted?

Thanks.
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remixedcatCommented:
can you run atutohotkey on startup?
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ISC-IT-AdminAuthor Commented:
how can I add AutoHotKey on Startup?
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ISC-IT-AdminAuthor Commented:
Thank You Remixe...
Great, It runs automatically when I copied the shortcut under the startup Folder...

I'm waiting now for a live session with Students...
Hopefully, it will work!

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remixedcatCommented:
Good luck! ;-)
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