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Published on 05.21.09 by Brent Trahan

Prohibit Access to LAN Connection Properties

Learn how to prohibit the access to properties of a network connection in Windows 7.

This setting determines whether the Properties menu item is enabled, and thus, whether the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box is available to users.

If you enable this setting (and enable the “Enable Network Connections settings for Administrators” setting), the Properties menu items are disabled for all users, and users cannot open the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.

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, a Properties menu item appears when users right-click the icon representing a LAN connection. Also, when users select the connection, Properties is enabled on the File menu.

Note: This setting takes precedence over settings that manipulate the availability of features inside the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box. If this setting is enabled, nothing within the properties dialog box for a LAN connection is available to users.

Note: Nonadministrators have the right to view the properties dialog box for a connection but not to make changes, regardless of this setting.

Prohibit Access to Network Connection Properties

  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, Network, and then select Network Connections in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Prohibit access to properties of a LAN connection on the Advanced menu in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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  1. Andy Buford says:

    A few years ago on Windows XP Pro, I was able to determine what registry settings were being changed when using Group Policy to lock out the network settings. I exported the .reg file and I was able to use it on all versions of Windows XP (not just pro). Can you tell me which registry entries need to be created/changed in order to lock out the LAN properties. I have tried to do it with the instructions above but I can’t get it to work. I am using Win7 Ultimate.

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