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Properties - Add or Remove from Computer Context Menu

How to Add or Remove Properties from Computer Context Menu
Published by Brink
08 Jul 2010
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How to Add or Remove Properties from Computer Context Menu


information   Information
This will show you how to add or remove Properties from the Computer context menu in the Start Menu and desktop icon, and prevent opening any "System" Control Panel settings for all or specific users in Vista and Windows 7.

When Properties is selected, it opens the System (Control Panel) window.


Note   Note
Affected "System" Settings:
  • System Properties window
  • Computer Name
    • C:\Windows\System32\SystemPropertiesComputerName.exe
  • Hardware from System Properties only
    • C:\Windows\System32\SystemPropertiesHardware.exe
  • Remote settings (Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop)
    • C:\Windows\System32\SystemPropertiesRemote.exe
  • System Protection (System Restore)
    • C:\Windows\System32\SystemPropertiesProtection.exe
  • Advanced system settings ("Performance" Visual Effects, Page file, DEP, processor scheduling)
    • C:\Windows\System32\SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe

EXAMPLE: Computer Context Menu with Properties Added and Removed
Properties - Add or Remove from Computer Context Menu-default.jpgProperties - Add or Remove from Computer Context Menu-removed.jpg



OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Add Properties to Computer Context Menu of All Users
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Properties_Computer_Context_Menu.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Remove Properties from Computer Context Menu of All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Remove_Properties_Computer_Context_Menu.reg
download
3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Right click the downloaded .reg file on the Desktop and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

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 to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Desktop. (see screenshot below)
Properties - Add or Remove from Computer Context Menu-step1.jpg
3. In the right pane, right click on Remove Properties from the Computer icon context menu and click on Edit. (see screenshot above)

4. To Add Properties to Computer Context Menu
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (see screenshot below step 6)
B) Go to step 6.
5. To Remove Properties from Computer Context Menu
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below step 6)
6. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.

8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.
That's it,
Shawn









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07 Jun 2013   #1
papayrus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Question

This seems to disable the ability to change performance options as in visual effects after applied. Is this also supposed to disable system settings in control panel?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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07 Jun 2013   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Papayrus,

Yes, it affects all "System" settings from being allowed to be opened or not as well. That was nice this wasn't mentioned in the policy description.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2013   #3
papayrus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I guess there's probably no way to remove the properties item then without disabling system settings? Do you think it's a bug in windows since it's not mentioned like you say?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2013   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It's hard to say, but I would imagine that it's just an oversight in the policy description. I guess they figured that if one wanted to remove "Properties" (System Properties), then they would also want to prevent access to those settings as well. Otherwise, there's no point of removing Properties other than cosmetic purposes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2013   #5
papayrus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah I just do it to make it harder for them to look at system specs it's not a big deal. It is funny though that it ends up not being cosmetic and actually disabling. I would reather it was just cosmetic. Thanks alot for the insight again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2013   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Anytime. Yeah, it would be best if it was only cosmetic.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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