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    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable
    How to Enable or Disable the Command Prompt in Vista and Windows 7
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    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable

    How to Enable or Disable the Command Prompt in Vista and Windows 7

    information   Information
    This will show you how to enable or disable the command prompt with the option to also disable command scripts (.cmd and .bat files) from running for all users in Windows 7 and Vista.

    The command prompt is enabled by default.
    Note   Note
    If you disable the command prompt and a user tries to open a command prompt window, the system displays a message explaining that a setting prevents the action. See the disabled example below.

    EXAMPLE: Command Prompt Enabled
    NOTE: The top screenshot is the normal command prompt, and the bottom screenshot is an elevated command prompt.
    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable-cmd_prompt_enabled.jpg
    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable-runas_cmd_prompt_enabled.jpg
    EXAMPLE: Command Prompt Disabled
    NOTE: You will see this message from both command prompts above when set as disabled.
    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable-command_prompt_disabled.jpg





    OPTION ONE

    Using a REG File Download

    1. To Enable Command Prompt and Scripts
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
    Enable_Command_Prompt_and_Scripts.reg

    download
    B) Go to step 4.
    2. To Disable Command Prompt Only and Allow Scripts
    A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
    Disable_Command_Prompt.reg

    download
    B) Go to step 4.
    3. To Disable Command Prompt and Scripts
    WARNING: Do not prevent (disable) the computer from running batch files (Command Scripts) if the computer uses logon, logoff, startup, or shutdown batch file scripts, or for users that use Terminal Services. They will not work afterwards if you do.
    A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
    Disable_Command_Prompt_and_Scripts.reg

    download
    4. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

    5. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

    6. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows7), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

    7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




    OPTION TWO

    Through the Local Group Policy Editor

    1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2. In the left pane, click on User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and System. (See screenshot below)
    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable-group_policy.jpg
    3. In the right pane, right click on Prevent access to the command prompt and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)

    4. To Enable the Command Prompt and Scripts
    A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below 5C)
    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

    B) Go to step 6.
    5. To Disable the Command Prompt
    A) Select (dot) Enabled.

    B) Select Yes or No from the drop down menu to Disable or Allow Command Scripts (.cmd and .bat files) to still run.
    WARNING: Do not prevent (disable) the computer from running batch files (Command Scripts) if the computer uses logon, logoff, startup, or shutdown batch file scripts, or for users that use Terminal Services. They will not work afterwards if you do.

    C) Click on OK.
    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable-properties.jpg
    6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window. Your done.





    OPTION THREE

    Manually in Registry Editor

    1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click on the Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).

    3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: If you do not have System in the left pane, then right click on Windows and click on New and Key. Type System and press Enter.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable-reg1.jpg
    4. To Disable the Command Prompt
    A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. (See screenshot above)

    B) Type DisableCMD and press Enter.

    C) Right click on DisableCMD and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable-reg2.jpg

    D) To Disable Command Prompt Only and Allow Scripts
    • Type 2 and click on OK. (See screenshots below)
    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable-modify2.jpg

    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable-reg4.jpg
    E) To Disable Command Prompt and Scripts

    WARNING: Do not prevent (disable) the computer from running batch files (Command Scripts) if the computer uses logon, logoff, startup, or shutdown batch file scripts, or for users that use Terminal Services. They will not work afterwards if you do.
    • Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshots below)
    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable-modify1.jpg

    Command Prompt - Enable or Disable-reg3.jpg
    F) Go to step 7.
    6. To Enable Command Prompt and Scripts
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    A) In the right pane, right click on DisableCMD and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)

    B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.
    7. Close regedit.
    That's it,
    Shawn




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    Re: Command Prompt - Enable or Disable

    Please help me out here. What is the purpose of Command Prompt? I have read about it but I am still confused. This is the quote from one of the sites I read "This is how computers used to work before the mouse became common. You have to type in your commands". Then why do we use it still? since we already have a mouse to get to where we want. Please make it simple.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Command Prompt - Enable or Disable

    Hi Bennys,

    While the Windows GUI (interface) has made it a lot easier to work on computers than the old DOS days, the command prompt can still be very useful if you cannot use the GUI for a task for whatever reason. It oftens allow you to perform advanced actions that you normally may not be able to do. (Ex: More features for Disk Defragmenter) Plus, using an elevated command prompt will make doing certain tasks easier since it has high permission. This link will help explain the command prompt in more details though.

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    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Command Prompt - Enable or Disable

    why is some most of my setting enabled when it is (not configured)

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    Re: Command Prompt - Enable or Disable

    Hello yl89,

    In the Local Group Policy Editor, when something is set a (not configured), it usually indicates that that item is allowed (enabled) to run. Most Local Group Policies will disable or restict what the policy is for when they are Enabled. In the Local Group Policy Editor, these settings are strictly to Enable (to allow and enforce), Disable (not to allow ever), (not configured) (not allow, but let settings elsewhere in Vista decide instead) the policies.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Command Prompt - Enable or Disable

    the problem is.since my system have always been (not configured) it have been running smoothly untill i have been hit with a trojan called "RONTOKBRO”and my acess to regedit have been denied untill i have cleared the trojan and enable regedit in gpedit and as you said.Some setting in vista have change it descision,and i hope i can change back the setting because i do dont know which shld be set disable or enable

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    Re: Command Prompt - Enable or Disable

    In the Local Group Policy Editor, everything is set to (not configured) by default. If it was not more than 90 days ago since your infection, it may be easier to do a System Restore using a restore point dated before the infection.

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    Re: Command Prompt - Enable or Disable

    i did not save a restore point!

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    Re: Command Prompt - Enable or Disable

    Ok,

    What did you need to get enabled again?

    If it is the command prompt, where you able to use Method Two?

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    Re: Command Prompt - Enable or Disable

    nevermind .you dont get what i mean.anyway thanks for replying

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