How to disable the Windows Command Prompt

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Windows command line (DOS)The command prompt window in the Windows operating system can be disabled by following the steps below.

Note: To follow the steps listed below, you'll need administrator rights and have access to the Microsoft Windows Group Policy editor.

  1. In Windows Vista and later, click Start and type gpedit.msc in the Windows Search box, then press Enter.
  2. In Windows XP and earlier, click Start and select Run. In the Run box, type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
  3. In the Group Policy window, browse to the User Configuration\Administrative Templates and highlight the System folder.
  4. In the System folder, double-click "Prevent access to the command prompt."
  5. Change the Setting to Enabled, then click Ok.

When entering the command prompt, you should now receive a message similar to the example below.

The command prompt has been disabled by your administrator.

Press any key to continue.

If you want to re-enable this feature, follow the above steps. However, instead of setting the option to "Enabled," change it to the default setting of "Not configured."

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