Securing a Shared PC in a meeting room is a function of the network, operating system, file system, applications, accounts, group policies, hardware and physical security. Involving your IT department to address your organizational requirements is essential. Quicklaunch operates in conjunction these components. Quicklaunch provides the ability to configure a subset of group policies as part of the system configuration as an option at the PC level. However, in a corporate environment we recommend these setting are managed at the organization unit level.

Lockdown mode hides the windows shell and replaces it with a Quicklaunch shell which prevents access to the start menu, task bar, task manager, windows keys. It creates scheduled tasks to launch lockdown mode on login and to restart the Quicklaunch application automatically if it is closed.

Organizations that wish to prevent users from accessing the Windows Desktop while using Quicklaunch can Enable Lockdown Mode, which prevents the Desktop from being offered when the PC is booted and the Quicklaunch account signed in.


  • To enable lockdown mode you will require local administrator access to the computer quicklaunch is installed on.
  • If the Quickliaunch administrator has locked settings with a password, the password will be required to make settings changes.
  • Even if Administrators have chosen to hide the settings ("gear" icon) in Full Screen View, any user can still press <Cntrl-Alt-S> to enter settings - using a Settings password is highly encouraged!
  • Administrators should further use the "Block TaskManager Use" settings option to prevent users from pressing <Ctrtl-Alt-Del and launching an Explorer task from Task Manager's File menu.
  • In any case where lockdown mode is being used a secondary Administrative account will be required to get out of Lockdown mode if Quicklaunch becomes corrupt for any reason.

1.  Open the Quicklaunch Settings and go to the System section to locate and select the Option named Enable Lockdown Mode.

NOTE: Once you click on "Enable Lockdown Mode", the wording immediately changes to "Disable Lockdown mode".

2.  You will see a popup window asking "This will enable Lockdown Mode. Do you wish to proceed?" - click Yes to proceed.

3.  If this PC has User Access Control (UAC) enabled, you will be prompted for authorization. You should click Yes to proceed.


4.   If you wish to hide the lockdown mode task bar this can in Settings for each display by enabling Hide taskbar when display on bottom.

5.  After the PC restarts and the Quicklaunch account has signed back in, users who use the desktop will be presented the locked down desktop whenever they enter Dock View.