Technical Specifications

Secure Desktop 11 is a 32-bit application and is 64-bit aware. Secure Desktop 11 has been tested in Windows 10, Windows 11, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server 2022. Legacy versions of Windows are available by purchasing Secure Desktop 10.

Configuration File

Secure Desktop 11 uses one XML file for configuration data, the same XML file as Secure Desktop 7, 8, and 10. Secure Desktop 11 does not overwrite previous versions of Secure Desktop.

The XML configuration file is automatically backed up. There is also a manual backup and restore. When using Secure Desktop 11, registry data written by Secure Desktop is automatically backed up for documentation purposes.

Windows Win32 Application Launching

Secure Desktop 11 provides several import mechanisms to bring in program data from Start Menu Shortcuts, Startup Group Shortcuts, Registry Startup, Desktop Shortcuts, Program Files, and My Computer.

Icon importing is accomplished very quickly using the Import button in the Icon Configuration. Set any additional details for an imported icon and manually browse for a program to launch.

A program can be re-started if it's been closed by the user. An application can be set to run a Single Instance Only of that application. Applications can be set to Run As Administrator, should they need Administrator access.

  • Secure Desktop Icon Configuration
  • Secure Desktop Icon Import

Secure Desktop Icon Configuration

Startup Tab

Secure Desktop 11 does not automatically start everything that the Explorer Shell starts. Services are always started, regardless of what shell is running. Still, any other program needs to be configured into Secure Desktop's Startup Tab (not visible to end-user). There are several advantages to this when Secure Desktop 11 is running as the shell:

  • Unknown programs will not automatically start from the registry
  • Secure Desktop programs are started in a specific order
  • A time delay can be specified for each program, to ensure that one has begun before the next is launched


Each icon, group tab, or toolbar button may be individually password protected. A keyboard shortcut can be assigned to bring Secure Desktop 11 to the top of the Z-order, which may also be password protected. Passwords can change dynamically, using the Supervisor feature, by appending a calculated number to any Secure Desktop 11 password. This calculation is based on the computer system date in addition to a 5 digit PIN number.

Secure Desktop Shell

Secure Desktop 11 is a toolbar window that spans the user's screen width and is placed at the top or the bottom. The shell can also be set to be at the top or the bottom of the Z-order. Icon mouse clicks can be set to single or double. The icon background color can be changed. Function keys for the icons can be on or off. The tab bar can be removed if only one tab is used. The status bar can be hidden. Mouse clicks for the Tray Icons can be disabled. System icons (Volume, Network, Power) can be displayed, although it is less secure due to starting unknown programs.

  • Secure Desktop Shell

Secure Desktop Shell


Audit data is stored in XML files in the RSS 2.0 format. Window titles and the current user name are stored in the XML files.

  • Secure Desktop Audit

Secure Desktop Audit

Disable Keyboard Shortcuts

Secure Desktop can disable over 400 different keyboard shortcuts, tuned for the specific operating system in an independent hardware fashion. Please see the sidebar for the full list.

Disable Clipboard

This Secure Desktop feature listens to the clipboard. If the contents change, Secure Desktop clears the clipboard.

Included Utilities

View Audit data with sAudit. Show a wallpaper using sWall.

A new package named Secure Utilities 11 included with Secure Desktop 11

sExplore File Explorer. sCopy File. sMenu Start Menu. sNote Viewer. sImage Viewer. sKeyboard On Screen Keyboard. sRun Program. sControl Panel. sEject Device. Logon, Drive Hiding, Touch/Pen Disabling, and Auto Logoff registry settings.

Window Wizard

The Window Wizard can manipulate a window or close a program during the Secure Desktop 11 shutdown. Windows are picked by title and/or menu items. Then acted on to hide the window, force it to min or max state, close the window, or disable menu items for windows with the older style. New features in version 11.70 provide an option to send Alt + N (No button) and other keyboard shortcuts to a message window.

  • Secure Desktop Window Wizard Step 1
  • Secure Desktop Window Wizard Step 2
  • Secure Desktop Window Wizard Step 3
  • Secure Desktop Window Wizard Step 4

Secure Desktop Window Wizard

File Access and File Open, Browse and Save As Dialogs

New features include the ability to disable part of the user interface of the standard File Open, Browse and Save As Dialogs.

The File Open, Browse and Save As Dialogs are like mini versions of File Explorer. Secure Desktop can disable relevant mouse clicks and keyboard shortcuts while the dialog is on top, preventing unwanted file editing or manipulation. A similar feature is provided for the Print Dialog.

  • Secure Desktop Dialog
  • Secure Desktop File Open Example

Secure Desktop Dialog Features

New System Features

New features include the ability to immediately close programs with specific windows classes.

This includes programs used by administrators, the registry editor, Settings in Windows 10 or Windows 11, console windows, file explorer, control panel, task manager, and the mobility center.

  • Secure Desktop Setting

Secure Desktop Setting Features

Windows Win32 Application Launching

Most of our customers use Secure Desktop in a mission-critical setting such as manufacturing, the pharmaceutical industry, or for retail point of sale. When using Windows 10 in a mission-critical environment, Microsoft recommends using Windows 10 Enterprise Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) Edition. This LTSC Edition does not support Universal Windows applications. Although Secure Desktop works on any Windows 10 or Windows 11 Edition (except Windows 10S or 11S), we recommend that our customers carefully research the various Editions to ensure a stable system. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Edition may be the best Edition of Windows 10 for your mission-critical setting.

Disable Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

  • ctrl-alt-delete
  • alt-esc
  • alt-tab
  • alt-space
  • alt-home
  • alt-end
  • alt-enter
  • alt-left arrow
  • alt-right arrow
  • alt-up arrow
  • alt-down arrow
  • alt-shift-esc
  • alt-shift-tab
  • alt-shift-space
  • ctrl-esc
  • ctrl-tab
  • ctrl-shift-tab
  • ctrl-alt-esc
  • ctrl-alt-shift-esc
  • ctrl-page up
  • ctrl-page down
  • ctrl-delete
  • ctrl-.
  • ctrl-shift-.
  • ctrl-break
  • esc
  • shift-esc
  • windows key
  • applications key
  • pause
  • print screen
  • alt-print screen
  • ctrl-print screen
  • shift-print screen
  • delete
  • shift-delete
  • up arrow
  • down arrow
  • num lock
  • scroll lock
  • caps lock
  • Secure Desktop Windows Keys and Mouse Buttons

Secure Desktop Windows Keys and Mouse Buttons

Disable Mouse Buttons

  • alt left mouse button
  • shift left mouse button
  • control left mouse button
  • middle mouse button
  • alt middle mouse button
  • shift middle mouse button
  • control middle mouse button
  • right mouse button
  • alt right mouse button
  • shift right mouse button
  • control right mouse button
  • x1 mouse button
  • alt x1 mouse button
  • shift x1 mouse button
  • control x1 mouse button
  • x2 mouse button
  • alt x2 mouse button
  • shift x2 mouse button
  • control x2 mouse button

Disable Function Keys

  • F1-F12
  • alt F1-F12
  • alt-shift F1-F12
  • shift F1-F12
  • ctrl F1-F12
  • ctrl-shift F1-F12
  • ctrl-alt F1-F12
  • ctrl-alt-shift F1-F12
  • Secure Desktop Function Keys

Secure Desktop Function Keys

Disable Letter Hot-Keys

  • alt a-z
  • alt-shift a-z
  • ctrl a-z
  • ctrl-shift a-z
  • ctrl-alt a-z
  • ctrl-alt-shift a-z

Disable Number Hot-Keys

  • alt 0-9
  • alt-shift 0-9
  • ctrl 0-9
  • ctrl-shift 0-9
  • ctrl-alt 0-9
  • ctrl-alt-shift 0-9
  • shift 0-9
  • [ ] . ' = \ ; , / `
  • alt [ ] . ' = \ ; , / `
  • alt-shift [ ] . ' = \ ; , / `
  • ctrl [ ] . ' = \ ; , / `
  • ctrl-shift [ ] . ' = \ ; , / `
  • ctrl-alt [ ] . ' = \ ; , / `
  • ctrl-alt-shift [ ] . ' = \ ; , / `
  • shift [ ] . ' = \ ; , / `

Disable Access Keys

  • stickykeys (shift key 5 times)
  • filterkeys (hold down right shift key for 8 seconds)
  • togglekeys (hold down num lock key for 5 seconds)
  • high contrast (alt-left shift-print screen)
  • mousekeys (alt-left shift-num lock)