Allow others to shutdown your windows XP/2003 computer with out loging

I want to allow others to shutdown my computer with out loging in.

Why ?? Because my computer is used to connect to internet, so if any one in the LAN need to access internet, they need to switch on my computer first.

When they are finished with their work, they have to shutdown my computer. I do not want every one login to my computer for shutdown, also its extra work.

Windows 2003 and Windows XP (not checked in Windows 2000, lets forget about good old windows 2000) allows you to shutdown the computer without loging.

To enable this feature, take Group Policy Object Editor

To take this, go to

Start> Run > gpedit.msc

Also you can get there

Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy

Once you are there, click on

Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Local Policies > Security Options

Now go through the listing, you can double click any of the item, if you need to change them, all are usefull settings, so read all 🙂

At the bottom, you will see

Shutdown: Allow system to be shut down without having to log on

Double click on that entry, Click on the Enabled option box, by default Disabled is selected.

Once you Enable this, you will be able to shutdown the computer without loging in.

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