System hacks: Hide the “Start” menu and the dangerous options of the taskbar

Sometimes, schools or communities display content on a public Windows 10 computer. However, since the Start menu and taskbar of the system desktop contain many command options that can be controlled by the system, users may randomly shut down or restart the computer, or make some kind of setting changes to the system. Using Group Policy Editor, we can hide these dangerous buttons or commands to prevent users from changing or misusing them.

First, press the Win+R key combination to open the Run dialog box, type GPEDIT.MSC and enter to open the Group Policy Editor. This article involves the Start menu and Taskbar Group Policy modification items, will involve the following two paths: “Local Group Policy → Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Start Menu and Taskbar”; “Local Group Policy → User Configuration→ Administrative Templates→ Start Menu and Taskbar”; “Local Group Policy→ User Configuration→ Administrative Templates→ Start Menu and Taskbar”. 1.

1. Block operations such as accidental shutdown and reboot

In order to prevent the public display computer from being shut down, restarted, logged off and other power management operations by users at will, locate the “Start Menu and Taskbar” under the “Computer Configuration” path above in the Group Policy Editor, and find “Remove and block access to shutdown, restart, sleep and hibernate commands”, double-click the item and set it to Enable (Figure 1). This way, all power control buttons will be blocked.


Tip: If this policy setting is enabled, the “Shutdown”, “Reboot”, “Sleep” and “Hibernate” commands will be removed from the Start menu. The Power button is also removed from the Windows Logon screen and the Secure Logon screen (which appears when you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete). 2.

2. Block random application uninstallation

To prevent users from uninstalling applications through the Start menu, disable the ability to uninstall programs from the Start menu. 3.

3. Block the right-click menu to prevent irrelevant operations

To prevent users from controlling the Start menu or taskbar through the right-click menu, you can enable the “Block access to the top and bottom of the taskbar” feature in the “Start menu and taskbar” under the “User Configuration” path of Group Policy above. “Block access to the context menu of the taskbar”. Then turn on the “Disable context menu in the Start menu” setting (Figure 2).


Tip: You should also turn on the “Disable context menu in Start menu” option in “Start menu and taskbar” under the “Computer Configuration” path above. This is for Windows 10 with multiple accounts, you can ensure that no matter which account you use to log in, you can play a blocking role. 4.

Hide “Run” to prevent commands from being executed

In addition to blocking or disabling some necessary buttons or options, it is also necessary to hide the “Run” option, which can prevent users from running some dangerous system commands at will. To do so, you need to enable the “Remove Run menu from Start menu” setting in the “Start Menu and Taskbar” setting in the “User Configuration” path of Group Policy above (Figure 3).


Tip: When this setting is enabled, you cannot access the “Run” command from the “Start” menu, and you cannot launch the “Run” window with the Win+R key combination. The “Run” command in the address bar of Explorer and the “New Task (Run)” command in Task Manager will be disabled.


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