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Secure Desktop Restriction (Windows 2000/XP)

This restriction is used to stop interactive users from snooping on other user sessions by exploiting a Windows vulnerability. This feature is enabled by default but may interfere with some software applications.

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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 "SecureDesktop" 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.

Note: This fix was first included in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|SecureDesktopREG_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\Windows]
Value Name: SecureDesktop
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = insecure, 1 = secure)

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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: July 25, 2002