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Disable Ability to Skip Startup Programs (Windows NT/2000/XP)

Normally if you hold the Shift key while Windows is loading you can prevent the Startup applications from being launched. This setting disables the ability to by-pass these programs.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "IgnoreShiftOveride" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|IgnoreShiftOverideREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVers...|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
Value Name: IgnoreShiftOveride
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = ignore shift)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: April 17, 2002