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Remove The Security Tab From Files & Folders

Upon viewing the Properties window of files and folders on the Windows platform, there's a number of tabs that allow you to view and modify certain attributes. Inclusive, Is the Security tab that contains settings to change the permissions and ownership of the file or folder In question. This also means that anyone sharing your PC, can do It without restrictions. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you the best method to securely remove the Security tab In It's entirety.

Before I begin, here's what I'm referring to. This applies to both files & folders. I've right-clicked on my file named Windows 10 Tips, and selected Properties as shown below.

I've now selected the Security tab, and as you can see, the file permissions & ownership, can be changed with a few clicks of the mouse.

Given that you can change the security settings, so too can users sharing your PC. I certainly want my files & folders Intact, and I'm sure you share the same opinion. As a result, I will demonstrate the very best method to not only completely remove the Security tab, but also prevent anyone from re-applying It.

To do this, I will use both the Windows Registry Editor and the Group Policy Editor. Do note, that the GPE Is only available In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. So without further ado, let's rip Into this tutorial.

Step One:
To remove the Security tab, we need to access the Windows Registry. Open the Run menu, enter regedit and hit OK.

Step Two:
Next, navigate to the following directory.

Make sure the Explorer key Is highlighted. On the right pane, right-click on a blank area and select New > DWORD (32 bit) Value as Illustrated below.

Step Three:
Now name the Value (that you've just created above), as NoSecurityTab.

Step Four:
Double-click NoSecurityTab and In the Value data field, give It a value of 1. Hit OK to finalize the process.

Step Five:
I've now right-clicked my Windows 10 Tips file, selected Properties, and as you can see, the Security tab has been completely removed.

Step Six:
But what If users reverse the above change? Rest assured, I've got you covered. We'll disable access to the Windows Registry via the Group Policy Editor. Open the Run menu, enter gpedit and hit OK.

Step Seven:
Next, navigate to the directory as listed below.
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System

Then on the right pane, double-click Prevent access to registry editing tools.

Step Eight:
To the left of the window, select the Enabled radio button, and then hit OK to finalize the change.

Last Step:
Let's try and access the Windows Registry Editor, by opening the Run menu, entering regedit and hitting OK. As you can see, It's disabled as confirmed by the message below.

Final Thoughts:
There are quite a number of online guides, that also demonstrate how to remove the Security tab from files & folders, but not too many document how to prevent reversing the change thereafter. I'm a firm believer In getting the job done In It's entirety- leaving nothing to chance. This tutorial Is a fine example of that.

To enable the Security tab back to It's original state, refer to Step Four above and In the Value data field, give It a value of 0. In terms of allowing access to the Windows Registry Editor, go back to Step Eight, select the Not Configured radio button and hit OK.


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