Prohibit Enabling/Disabling components of a LAN connection

Determines whether administrators can enable and disable the components used by LAN connections. If you enable this setting (and enable the “Enable Network Connections settings for Administrators” setting) the check boxes for enabling and disabling components are disabled. As a result administrators cannot enable or disable the components that a connection uses. Important: If the “Enable Network Connections settings for Administrators” is disabled or not configured this setting will not apply to administrators on post-Windows 2000 computers. If you disable this setting or do not configure it the Properties dialog box for a connection includes a check box beside the name of each component that the connection uses. Selecting the check box enables the component and clearing the check box disables the component. Note: When the “Prohibit access to properties of a LAN connection” setting is enabled users are blocked from accessing the check boxes for enabling and disabling the components of a LAN connection. Note: Nonadministrators are already prohibited from enabling or disabling components for a LAN connection regardless of this setting.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Network Connections # NC_ChangeBindState

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Network -> Network Connections


* 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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