Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, GPO to disable F1 Help etc in Technical; From my searching there doesnt seem to be a GPO to do this. I can remove the help link from ...
10th September 2011, 09:07 PM #1
GPO to disable F1 Help etc
From my searching there doesnt seem to be a GPO to do this. I can remove the help link from the start menu, however there's still lots of ways to get into help through explorer windows or by pressing F1 for example.
I was thinking a software policy to disallow C:\Windows\winhlp32.exe from running would do the job. I've done this and I can still access help.
Win 7, Server 2008 R2
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11th September 2011, 10:31 AM #2
The help system in Windows 7 uses HelpPane.exe (located in %SystemRoot%).
Winhlp32.exe isn't included with Windows by default any more (from Vista onwards).
Thanks to Arthur from:
ihaveaproblem (11th September 2011)
11th September 2011, 01:41 PM #3
Thanks, so do you think setting a rule to prevent helppane.exe from running will stop help?
Originally Posted by Arthur
The strange thing is my Winows 7 Enterprise does have winhlp32 in c:\windows (I've not placed it there) and if I double click on it opens the help feature.
Anyways i'll try blocking helppane.exe
11th September 2011, 09:10 PM #4
Use software restriction to disable ''HelpPane.exe'' from starting, but search the whole PC C:\ for WinHlp32.exe and add any path which the search finds.
11th September 2011, 11:01 PM #5
It was probably installed by some third-party software in order to open old HLP files.
Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem
12th September 2011, 12:05 AM #6
Software restriction did the job
Arthur, Not sure why i've got the winhlp32 because machine i'm testing GPO's on is a clean win7 build. Maybe a windows update added it. Anyways it's blocked now so it doesnt really matter!
13th March 2012, 12:26 AM #7
Rename or delete "%WINDIR%\HelpPane.exe".
Works on Windows Vista.
Run "Disable help.bat" as administrator:
takeown /f "%WINDIR%\HelpPane.exe"
icacls "%WINDIR%\HelpPane.exe" /grant Administrators:F
ren "%WINDIR%\HelpPane.exe" "HelpPane.exe.bak"
takeown /f "%WINDIR%\winhlp32.exe"
icacls "%WINDIR%\winhlp32.exe" /grant Administrators:F
ren "%WINDIR%\winhlp32.exe" "winhlp32.exe.bak"
13th March 2012, 10:14 AM #8
You can disable the F1 key - have a hunt for some of the threads about disabling spell checkers for exam accounts, and you should find the instructions. Let me know if you can't find them, and I'll dig my notes out...
10th May 2012, 04:18 PM #9
Hello, I have been trying to stop users opening help and support via the start menu > all programs with no success. I have tried adding c:\windows\HelpPane.exe & %SystemRoot%\HelpPane.exe to software restriction policy and disallowing them but users can still open it. Can you tell me the exact path you specified in SRP?
Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem
11th May 2012, 05:25 PM #10
Originally Posted by lafleur1977
I believe in the end I set it up to use a Hash rule instead of a file path. I will check and let you know
Thanks to ihaveaproblem from:
lafleur1977 (11th May 2012)
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