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Published on 06.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Shell Protocol Protected Mode

Learn how to turn off shell protocol protected mode in Windows 7.

This policy setting allows you to configure the amount of functionality that the shell protocol can have. When using the full functionality of this protocol, applications can open folders and launch files. The protected mode reduces the functionality of this protocol allowing applications to only open a limited set of folders. Applications are not able to open files with this protocol when it is in the protected mode. It is recommended to leave this protocol in the protected mode to increase the security of Windows.

If you enable this policy setting the protocol is fully enabled, allowing the opening of folders and files.

If you disable this policy setting the protocol is in the protected mode, allowing applications to only open a limited set of folders.

If you do not configure this policy setting the protocol is in the protected mode, allowing applications to only open a limited set of folders.

Disable Shell Protocol Protected Mode

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Windows Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Turn off shell protocol protected mode in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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