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Published on 05.21.09 by Brent Trahan

Prohibit Changing Properties of a Private Remote Access Connection

Learn how to prohibit changing properties of a private remote access connection in Windows 7.

Private connections are those that are available only to one user. To create a private connection, on the Connection Availability page in the New Connection Wizard, click the “Only for myself” option.

This setting determines whether the Properties menu item is enabled, and thus, whether the Remote Access Connection Properties dialog box for a private connection 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, and no users (including administrators) can open the Remote Access Connection Properties dialog box for a private connection.

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 any user right-clicks the icon representing a private remote access connection. Also, when any user selects the connection, Properties appears on the File menu.

Note: This setting takes precedence over settings that manipulate the availability of features in the Remote Access Connection Properties dialog box. If this setting is enabled, nothing within the properties dialog box for a remote access connection will be available to users.

Note: This setting does not prevent users from using other programs, such as Internet Explorer, to bypass this setting.

Prohibit Changing Properties of a Private Remote Access Connection

  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.

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  3. Double-click Prohibit changing properties of a private remote access 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. Fred Shockey says:

    Thank you for the tut. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this for some time! I’m always a bit skeptical of computer repair services that use remote access. They could simply see my private files if they wanted too.

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