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How can I enable the immediate shutdown without logging in on the windows 2003 server login screen.

I know it is less secure because anyone can shut the machine down then.

(But "they" could always pull the power plug anyway ;)

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Computer Configuration / Windows Settings / Security Settings / Local Policies / Security Options.

Entry: "Shutdown: Allow system to be shut down without having to log on". Double click on it, change it to "Enabled".

(I think, obviously the end goal is getting to Security Options, I don't have a WS03 machine in front of me.)

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it worked, thank you! – mit Jan 19 '12 at 20:15

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