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Disabling Log Off helps users to remember to shut down their PC at night. In this guide you’ll learn how to disable logging off from the Start Menu and Task Manager.

This guide is included as part of the Windows Guides security and administration series. Please visit the main page if you would like to learn why this guide may be useful.

Please Note: This guide involves the use of the Group Policy Editor, which is not included with Vista Home Premium/Basic or Windows XP Home. If this is the first time you are using the Group Policy Editor, read this guide.

Unfortunately I do not know how to do this tweak using only the registry. If you know how, please contact me.

Removing Log Off from the Start Menu

  • Start Group Policy Editor (Start > Run > “gpedit.msc”)
  • In the left panel, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
  • In the right panel, enable Remove Logoff on the Start Menu

Removing Log Off from Task Manager

  • Start Group Policy Editor (Start > Run > “gpedit.msc”)
  • In the left panel, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Ctrl+Alt+Del Options
  • In the right panel, enable Remove Logoff


 Disable Logging off in Windows Vista/XP

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