Data type


Default value


0 | 1



Removes shortcut menus from the desktop and from Windows Explorer. Shortcut menus appear when you right-click an item.

This entry stores the setting of the Disable Windows Explorer's default context menu Group Policy. Group Policy adds this entry to the registry with a value of 1 when you enable the policy. If you disable the policy or set it to Not configured, Group Policy deletes this entry from the registry, and the system behaves as though the value is 0.



0 (or not in the registry)

The policy is disabled or not configured. Shortcut menus appear.


The policy is enabled. Shortcut menus do not appear.

When the value of this entry is 1, shortcut menus do not appear when you right-click the desktop or when you right-click the items in Windows Explorer. This value does not prevent users from using other methods to issue commands available on the shortcut menus.

Change method

To change the value of this entry, use Group Policy. This entry corresponds to the Disable Windows Explorer's default context menu Group Policy (User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer).

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For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Group Policy Reference.

For general information about Group Policy, see Windows 2000 Server Help or Windows 2000 Professional Help.

To see a table associating policies with their corresponding registry entries, see the Group Policy Registry Table .

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