Error Message: This Operation Has Been Cancelled Due to Restrictions in Effect on This Computer

This article applies to Windows 2000. Support for Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010. The Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center is a starting point for planning your migration strategy from Windows 2000. For more information see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy.


When you log on and attempt to run a program, you may receive the following message:
This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.


This issue may occur if there is a Group Policy object (GPO) that restricts what programs you can run. Programs can be restricted if either of the following policies in the domain organizational unit group policy or a local computer group policy have been applied:

  • Do not run specified Windows applications.
  • Run only the allowed Windows applications.


If you need to run a restricted program, contact your system administrator to modify the GPO.


This behavior is by design.

More Information

If you are an administrator, you can verify the policies that are enabled. To do this, click User Configuration, click Administrative Templates, and then click System.

Article ID: 278839 - Last Review: Dec 16, 2009 - Revision: 1