Prevent access to the command prompt

This policy setting prevents users from running the interactive command prompt Cmd. exe. This policy setting also determines whether batch files (. cmd and . bat) can run on the computer. If you enable this policy setting and the user tries to open a command window the system displays a message explaining that a setting prevents the action. If you disable this policy setting or do not configure it users can run Cmd. exe and batch files normally. Note: Do not prevent the computer from running batch files if the computer uses logon logoff startup or shutdown batch file scripts or for users that use Remote Desktop Services.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> System # DisableCMD

  2. The Administrative Template path is:



* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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