24 November 2008

To All Computer Cafe's providing games

While searching a way to Hide/UnHide my desktop icons in Group Policies. I noticed the Windows Components and tried to explore until I saw this functionality sitting there, waiting to be discovered ... and It's a way to disable/enable Windows+X key!!

Microsoft Windows Explained: Turn off Windows+X hotkeys.

Keyboards with a Windows key provide users with shortcuts to common shell features. For example, pressing the keyboard sequence Windows+R opens the Run dialog box; pressing Windows+E starts Windows Explorer. By using this setting, you can disable these Windows+X shortcut keys.

If you enable this setting, the Windows+X shortcut keys are unavailable.

If you disable or do not configure this setting, the Windows+X shortcut keys are available.

I know its so frustrating for gamers when they accidentally pressed the Window Key 20070529-windowskey-f1specially when they're playing on full screen mode. And some Computer Cafe's last resort is to pop out that key on the keyboard. But hey, there's a solution for this, Windows (at least 2000) provides a way to disable the Window Key.

Here's how to do it:

1. Open Group Policy: C:\WINDOWS\system32\gpedit.msc
(here's a screen shot)
run window 
2. Expand Adminstrative Templates Folder
3. Expand Windows Components Folder
4. Click Windows Explorer Folder
5. On the right panel, search for Turn off Windows+X hotkeys and double click on it
(here's a screen shot)
Group Policy
(after you doubled click on it)
turn off windows-x
6. Click Enabled and click OK Button
7. Log Off your computer session or Restart if needed.

and that's pretty much it.

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