Adding the Windows Security shortcut to a 2012 server start menu

MS appear to have removed the Windows Security Shortcut from an RDP session so if you want to press CTRL+ALT+DEL you are stuck.  OK so not entirely true and before I get loads of comments about the shortcut CTRL+ALT+END this only works on the first RDP connection, by that I mean we like to use a “jump server” which is a terminal server and then we RDP to another server from there.  Using CTRL+ALT+DEL is intercepted by your local PC, CTRL+ALT+END is intercepted by the 1st RDP session in line and not at the one you really wanted.

On windows 2003 and 2008 there was a menu item added in an RDP session, Windows Security.  When you clicked this is was the same as clicking ATLR+ALT+DEL.

You can add this menu item back using this process.

  1. Logon to a windows 2003 and create a shortcut for the Windows Security start menu item to the desktop
    shortcut1
  2.  Copy the shortcut to  “C:\ProgramData\Start Menu\programs\System Tools” on the 2012 server and rename it to “Windows Security.lnk”
    PersonalStartMenu
  3.  Go to start / Apps, search for the shortcut and right click “Windows Security” and “pin to start”
    pintostart
  4. Copy the file from your profile “C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms” to “C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\”
    copyfrom
    copyto
  5. Make the copied file read only in the default profile (important!!!)
    MakeReadonly

Any new user will then get the start screen as you saved it including the “Windows Security”

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2 thoughts on “Adding the Windows Security shortcut to a 2012 server start menu

  1. Follow the below information to launch the Windows Security Options screen.

    ************************************
    Set objShell = CreateObject(“Shell.Application”)

    objShell.WindowsSecurity

    ***********************************
    paste above content in Notepad and save it as .vbs file and execute it to view Windows Security Screen to view options like lock, Sign out, Change a Password, and Task Manager.

    • Neat little idea but this does not add a shortcut to the desktop or start button. I created a shortcut using the target as c:\windows\system32\cscript.exe and placed this on the desktop. So I guess it saves copying a shortcut from a windows 2008 or 2003 server. I also discovered a flaw in setting my original shortcut idea you have commented on as it seems then you can’t customise your start menu any more so I posted further instructions on how to use a GPO to deliver the shortcut and also a restart script. At least I think I did.

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