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Can i disable msconfig?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by asphalt, May 8, 2007.

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  1. asphalt

    asphalt Thread Starter

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    My bro often uses my laptop (he already has his own), and changes startup applications by using msconfig key in start>run.
    I need a way to stop him from doing that.
    Please Help. :(
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Rename it. You may need to rename a copy in the dllcache, too. Do a search for it.

    You may need to rename it in Safe Mode or with Emco Move On Boot.
     
  3. Julian Vick

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    You can also disable it with registry edit:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun

    create String value with any name, like 1 and set its value to the msconfig.exe

    If u want to restrict more programs, then simply create more String values with names 2, 3 and so on and set their values to the program's exe.
     
  4. asphalt

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    I didnt understand that. :(

    That didnt work. And also, the route is upto \explorer. There is no DisallowRun. :(
     
  5. Phoenyx

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    What Operating System are you running?
     
  6. asphalt

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    Windows XP Pro. SP-2 :)
     
  7. Phoenyx

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    Hmmm...I was able to find that key in my registry. Sure you're looking in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER and not one of the other sections?
     
  8. 1101doc

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    I suggest that you enable the "guest" account, password protect your own account, and require him to use the guest account only.
     
  9. bearone2

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    that's how i'd handle it.
     
  10. asphalt

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    see the attachment.... :(


    i agree that it will solve my problem, but i want to do it some other way. :rolleyes:
     

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  11. Elvandil

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    Try renaming it.
     
  12. asphalt

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    Thanks for replying again.

    Okay u can laugh........i dont know wat exactly u r talking about, renaming what? and where?...:confused:
    :(
     
  13. Elvandil

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    If you rename msconfig.exe to something else, like msconfig_.exe, then you will still be able to use it but no one else will know the new name.
     
  14. asphalt

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    Okey, and how do i do that?? :rolleyes:

    EDIT:

    found it in C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\binaries.
    Would just renaming that single file do the trick?? or something else needs to be done too??
     
  15. Elvandil

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    Right-click the file, choose "Rename" from the menu that pops up.
     
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