Windows 7 Secpol.msc Local Security Policy
You can inspect and control the security settings with a snap-in called secpol.msc. Think of this built-in Windows utility as a sub-set of gpedit.msc.
Windows 7 Secpol Group Policy Review
If you have Active Directory then you will probably control group policy strategy via GPMC on the domain controller. However, if you are responsible for Windows 7 in a Workgroup or HomeGroup then you will choose the local security policy editor - secpol.msc.
When you want change a security setting this is how you launch the Local Security Policy Editor.
Problem: Cannot Find the Windows 7 Secpol.msc
A common problem is that even if you follow the above instructions correctly Windows 7 still cannot find secpol.msc. The most likely cause is that you have the Home Premium edition. It's most disappointing that you only get secpol.msc in the Ultimate, Professional (old Business) and Enterprise editions, and not in the Windows 7 Home Premium or Basic editions.
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Solution: configure a security policy to prevent 'Force Shutdown From a Remote Machine'.
Launch GPMC or SECPOL.MSC
Experiment by assigning just your account, rather than all administrators.
Windows 7 Group Policies, created by secpol.msc are stored in a special
Actually there are two sub-folders where you will find the registry.pol
Incidentally, the environment variable %SystemRoot% usually translates to C:\Windows.
Summary of Windows 7 Secpol.msc - Local Security Editor
Microsoft supplies a Local Policy Editor so that you can change security settings without resorting to regedit. If you are familiar with gpedit.msc, then secpol.msc is a subset.
If you are troubleshooting gpedit.msc in Windows 7 Home Premium, it does not exist; you need to upgrade to the Ultimate edition.
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