How do I disable Secure Desktop?

A. The March 23, 2000, Microsoft security update introduced a security fix that stops someone who is interactively logged on from performing unauthorized actions (e.g., gaining access to display and input devices that a computer process with higher privileges owns).

For example, if a malicious user can start a process in the computer desktop, which the Winlogon process owns, the new process can record the passwords that users enter when they log on to the computer.

If this security tool causes problems with some of your programs, you can perform the following steps to disable the utility:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe).
  2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, then DWORD value.
  4. Enter SecureDesktop, and press Enter.
  5. Double-click New Value, and set the value to 0. Click OK.
  6. Close the registry editor.
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