Operating Systems - Windows - Tips and Tricks - Security

February 2017

Eliminate Password-Protection on the Screensaver

It is possible to deactivate password protection in screensaver mode using the registry. To do this, open RegEdit, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\desktop, assign a value of 0 (zero) to the key ScreenSaveUsePassword
The password is now but a memory:)

Lock the desktop

To avoid having too many icons cluttering up the desktop, there's a way to keep them "stuck" to the desktop. With RegEdit go into HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and right-click New/DWORD Value in the right-hand window, name it NoSaveSettings.
Double-click on it and assign it a value of 1.

Delete/Lock Elements in the Start Menu

Open Regedit and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. You can set options by putting the following character strings after 01:

  • Noclose: Stops Windows from shutting down
  • Nodesktop: Deletes the Desktop icons
  • Nofind: Removes the "Search" option from the Start menu
  • Norun: Removes the "Run" option from the Start menu
  • NoSetTaskBar: Disables Taskbar settings
  • NoStartBanner: Removes the start banner ("Click here to begin") from the Taskbar
  • NoStartMenuSubFolders: Deactivate the Start menu's subfolders
  • NosaveSettings: Stop settings from being saved when Windows is shut down
  • NoSetFolders: Removes folders from Settings (in start menu)
    • NoConfigPage: Hides Hardware Profiles
    • NoDevMgrPage: Hides Device Manager
    • NoFileSysPage: Hides the File System button
    • NoVirtMemPage: Hides the Virtual Memory page
    • NoDeletePrinter: Keeps printers from being deleted


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