How To Disable MS Paint With Group Policy in Windows 10

How To Disable MS Paint With Group Policy

Are you looking for, how to disable MS Paint with Group Policy in Windows 10/8/7 systems then you are at a right page, here we will help you in disabling the ms paint with the help of Group Policy method (gpedit.msc).

It is an easy step to disable the ms paint in your windows, even we were also struggling in the removal of ms paint from our desktop, we tried a lot in searching the ms paint in gpedit.msc, then we found the steps and got rid of the issue of disabling the ms paint.

So you don’t need to worry and don’t need to take a lot of efforts in searching the methods for disabling the ms paint, it is quite simple and easy to disable and enable later on, whenever you required.

But before let us know what is Local Group Policy Editor and how to disable MS Paint with Group Policy in Windows systems.

What is Local group policy Editor?

The Local Group Policy Editor is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that provides a single user interface through which all the settings of Local Group Policy objects can be managed.

To access the Local Group Policy Editor on your Windows computer for professional users, open the Start menu, type gpedit.msc, and hit Enter.

To know more about group policy Editor click here.

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How to Disable MS Paint with Group Policy in Windows systems.

Below are the steps that will help in disabling the ms paint and again you can enable it, as and when required.

1) Disable through Local Group Policy Editor

If you are an administrator of the client computers, and you may have problems with your client users, they are running programs like ms paint, changing the desktop features or playing windows builtin game and you want to stop such programs from running, here’s are ways how you can use Group Policy method or the Registry method to prevent users from running such programs.

By applying Group Policy Method

Step 1: Open your Run dialog box with the help of Windows + R keys.

Step 2: Insert words “gpedit.msc” in the run dialog box and hit enter.

How To Disable MS Paint With Group Policy

Step 3: A Local Group Policy Editor will appear on the screen, Expand the ” User Configuration” mode, under that “Administrative templates“, under that “System“.

How To Disable MS Paint With Group Policy

Step 4: Click once on the system, on the right-hand side setting option will be available, just select the policy  “Don’t run specified Windows applications“.

Step 5: Double click on the Don’t run specified Windows applications policy and an application Windows will display on the screen.

How To Disable MS Paint With Group Policy

Step 6: Checkmark on the Enable option, a list of disallowed applications will be shown highlighted, then click on “Show”.

Step 7: Then add the programs whichever you want to disable, just copy the name.exe and paste it in the Show content list.

For Example type mspaint in the windows search bar, right-click on it and select the open file location option, you will see Windows accessories, choose Paint and right-click on it, then click on properties and go to the shortcut tab.

Here you will see target bar %windir%\system32\mspaint.exe, here you have select and copy only mspaint.exe and paste it on the show content list.

How To Disable MS Paint With Group Policy

Step 8: then Click Apply and OK. It is recommended to restart the computer and check for the ms paint disable.

2) Disable through Registry

System configuration information is stored centrally in a hierarchical database called the registry. You can use Registry Editor to add and edit registry keys and values, restore the registry from a backup or to default values, and to import or export keys for reference or backup.

Steps to remove mspaint and other programs via Registry:

Step 1: Open your Run dialog box with the help of Windows + R keys.

How To Disable MS Paint With Group Policy

Step 2: Type the “regedit” in the run dialog box and hit enter.

How To Disable MS Paint With Group Policy

Step 3: A Registry Editor will appear on the screen and expand the following:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER >

SOFTWARE >

Microsoft >

Windows >

CurrentVersion >

Policies >

Explore.

Step 4: Just right-click on a an empty area on the right side and add new “DWORD (32-bit) Value” named DisallowRun.

Step 5: Double click and open DisallowRun and give it a Value of 1.

How To Disable MS Paint With Group Policy

Step 6: Then right-click and add a new Key, also named “DisallowRun“. The folder will be created.

Step 7: Now select the DisallowRun folder in the left pane.

Step 8: and right-click in the empty area on the right side and add a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named 1.

Step 9: Double click and open 1 and give it a Value with the application you want to block, like “mspaint.exe“.

You can also add more programs with the same steps as shown and disable it and enable it.

So these are the steps that will help you to prevent the users from using such type of programs applications.

Conclusion:S

So how did you find this article on ‘how to disable MS Paint with Group Policy in Windows 10’, we have tried all our best to show you all the steps in disabling the mspaint. Steps will surely help you in solving your problem.

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