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Published on 05.21.09 by Brent Trahan

Prohibit Renaming Private Remote Access Connections

Learn how to prohibit renaming private remote access connections 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.

If you enable this setting (and enable the “Enable Network Connections settings for Administrators” setting), the Rename option is disabled for all users (including administrators).

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, the Rename option is enabled for all users’ private remote access connections. Users can rename their private connection by clicking an icon representing the connection or by using the File menu.

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

Prohibit Renaming Private Remote Access Connections

  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 renaming private remote access connections 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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