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« on: September 07, 2009, 02:36:03 PM »

In Windows Vista, is there any setting ONLY ALLOW admin to restart computer if admin and another user account logged at the same time?

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009, 09:22:26 PM »

I don't know of a way. I'm sure it's possible though.

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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2009, 12:23:34 AM »

disable shutdown and restart options will effect all users including the administrators...but microsoft assume that your administrator team know how to use command prompt!...

so the best way is just disable shutdown/restart option on group policy under administrative templates/control...then disable command prompt for all users which will available for admin group only....

command prompt
shutdown: shutdown -s
restart: shutdown -r

Run the Registry Editor and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. Create a new DWORD value named NoClose with a data value of 1. Exit the Registry and reboot in order for the change to take effect.

However in Domain Controller/Active Directory, you will have full control over it by specify the group policy to specific groups....

On the Server...
Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, Active Directory Users and

Say you've created a new OU under My Business called 'Users' and another
called 'Users No Shutdown'. You've moved all the domain users from the
default Users location to your Users (and could now apply policy to

Another thing I do - You've moved your administrators to a newly created
OU too, called 'Administrators' (I create that OU from the root of the

Now you have all your Users in an easy to manage location (none of the
other 'default users' (eg. 'Debugger Users', 'ASPNET' etc etc are not in
your way).

Move your special users you want to lockdown into the 'Users No
Shutdown' OU.

Right click the OU, and select Properties.
Click the Group Policy Tab
Click the New button and name it appropriately, eg. 'No Shutdown
custom' or whatever.
Edit it... and in Group Policy, drill into:
User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Start Menu & Taskbar
Configure the 'Disable and remove the Shut Down command'

Close the GP window and back on the Properties window optimise the
policy as it only affects the User Configuration. So click the
Properties button and tick the Disable Computer Configuration settings
and OK out.

A way that I use to ensure that policy is applying is to create and set
a new policy that enables a custom IE titlebar (text) - and logon and
start IE, and I check that the titlebar says what I set it to!

this way you won't have to worry about admin being disable...however your question is asking only on Vista, so you have no choice for specific users because all users will live in the same nightmere, but on domain level you can do that...

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