How to Disable Start\Help

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SUMMARY

Through the use of policies, much of the desktop can be restricted. However, currently there is no way to disable the Start\Help setting through a system policy. This article will describe some methods to disable the Start\Help utility.

MORE INFORMATION

The file opened by Winhlp32.exe when Start\Help is clicked is %SystemRoot%\System32\Windows.hlp. If you rename this file, a dialog box is displayed when the file cannot be found, a different dialog box will be displayed if you copy an invalid file to that location.

Method 1

A better resolution is to include a trivial help file. Such a help file is included in the Zero Administration Kit files. It is called Zak.hlp. If this file is renamed to Windows.hlp in the System32 directory, the following text will be displayed when Start\Help is clicked:
Help Topics: Zero Administration Kit Help
The only topic on which you can get help is "ZAK Help." Double-clicking this topic results in the following message:
Zero Administration Kit Message

The standard Windows NT 4.0 online Help has been disabled by your administrator.

Method 2

If the drive the help file is stored on is NTFS, you may also restrict access to the file using permissions.
  1. Select the file (Windows.hlp) in Explorer.
  2. Edit the properties of the file.
  3. Select the security tab.
  4. Select the permissions button.
  5. Set permissions to restrict the users who should not be able to run the help file.
Restricting the help file with permissions may cause user complaints, though. When the restricted file is clicked, nothing happens.

REFERENCES

More information, as well as the Zak.hlp file can be obtained from Microsoft's Web Site at the following address:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc751509.aspx

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Article ID: 182439 - Last Review: October 7, 2013 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
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