Well, you have decided to download a huge movie, say 50GB, on your family PC with slow internet connection, and you don’t like to interrupt the download process till the download gets completed.
If you really like to keep the computer running for next two days without any interrption then removing the Shutdown, Hibernate and Restart options from the Start menu and Shutdown dialog box sounds like a good idea as even you can’t shut down your own system accidentally once you finish this small tweak.
You can also use this method if your system is running 24 x 7, just like mine!
Although there are other ways to keep your computer running for next two days without interruptions, removing those options would be safe and coolest method users can’t open the Shut Down dialog by pressing Alt + F4 hotkey as well.
You need to edit the Windows Registry a bit to achieve this. Below are the step-by-step instructions to remove Shutdown, Restart and Hibernate options from Start menu and Shutdown dialog box.
Step 1: You need to open Windows Registry Editor. Type regedit either in Start menu search box or in Run dialog box and hit enter.
Step 2: Next navigate to the following registry key:
Step 3: On the right side pane, create a new 32-bit DWORD (right-click > New> 32-bit DWORD value) and rename it as NoClose.
Step 4: Double click on the newly created NoClose value and change its default value “0” to “1”.
Step 5: Close Windows Registry Editor and reboot your system to see the change.
As mentioned earlier, you can’t even use the Alt+F4 keyboard shortcut keys to get the shutdown dialog box. You will get the below error if you press Alt+F4 shortcut keys.
Note: You can revert to the default by replacing the value 1 by 0. Also you can delete NoClose key to remove these restrictions. Good luck!