Disable Close button in Powershell Window

I did some powershell scripting these days.

Disabled Window running script
Disabled Window running script

Someone asked me if it would be possible to avoid the user to close the powershell window while a script is running (logon or any other). After a few searches in the MSDN world, I was able to handle the window and send some parameters to it.

For this, I ask the user32.dll Library to disable the powershell window and to disable the button (close menu). To remove any undesired button, I set the Windows style to Toolbox.

I know the fact of disabling window will avoid any user input and click on any button, but as they asked me to disable the button, I dit it this way. So use the rest as know-how… 🙂

Knowing what I need to code, I will use some user32.dll methods :

  • GetSytemMenu
  • EnableMenuItem
  • SetWindowLongPtr
  • EnableWindow

Hope that this script can be useful to some admins!


Windows versions tested
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 7 OK
Windows 8
Windows 8.1 Standard OK (Disabled window only)


Here is the script :

#Calling user32.dll methods for Windows and Menus
$MethodsCall = '
[DllImport("user32.dll")] public static extern long GetSystemMenu(IntPtr hWnd, bool bRevert);
[DllImport("user32.dll")] public static extern bool EnableMenuItem(long hMenuItem, long wIDEnableItem, long wEnable);
[DllImport("user32.dll")] public static extern long SetWindowLongPtr(long hWnd, long nIndex, long dwNewLong);
[DllImport("user32.dll")] public static extern bool EnableWindow(long hWnd, int bEnable);

#Create a new namespace for the Methods to be able to call them
Add-Type -MemberDefinition $MethodsCall -name NativeMethods -namespace Win32

$MF_GRAYED = 0x00000001L    #Indicates that the menu item is disabled and grayed so that it cannot be selected.
$MF_BYCOMMAND = 0x0               #Gives the identifier of the menu item. If neither the MF_BYCOMMAND nor MF_BYPOSITION flag is specified, the MF_BYCOMMAND flag is the default flag.            
$MF_DISABLED = 0x00000002L #Indicates that the menu item is disabled, but not grayed, so it cannot be selected.
$MF_ENABLED = 0x00000000L #Indicates that the menu item is enabled and restored from a grayed state so that it can be selected.
#... http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms647636(v=vs.85).aspx

$SC_CLOSE = 0xF060
$SC_MAXIMIZE = 0xF030 
$SC_MINIMIZE = 0xF020 
$SC_KEYMENU = 0xF100
#... http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms646360(v=vs.85).aspx

$GWL_STYLE = -16
#... http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms644898(v=vs.85).aspx

#WM_SETICON Message  -  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms632643%28VS.85%29.aspx
$WM_SETICON = 0x0080;
$ICON_BIG = 1;

#Extended Window Styles
$WS_EX_NOACTIVATE = 0x08000000L
$WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW = 0x00000080L
$WS_EX_STATICEDGE = 0x00020000L
$WS_EX_WINDOWEDGE = 0x00000100L
$WS_EX_TRANSPARENT = 0x00000020L
$WS_EX_CLIENTEDGE = 0x00000200L
$WS_EX_LAYERED = 0x00080000
$WS_EX_TOPMOST = 0x00000008L
#... http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ff700543(v=vs.85).aspx

#Get window handle of Powershell process (Ensure there is only one Powershell window opened)
$PSWindow = (Get-Process Powershell) | where {$_.MainWindowTitle -like "*Powershell*"}
$hwnd = $PSWindow.MainWindowHandle

#Get System menu of windows handled
$hMenu = [Win32.NativeMethods]::GetSystemMenu($hwnd, 0)

#Window Style : TOOLWINDOW
[Win32.NativeMethods]::SetWindowLongPtr($hwnd, $GWL_EXSTYLE, $WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW) | Out-Null

#Disable X Button and window itself
[Win32.NativeMethods]::EnableMenuItem($hMenu, $SC_CLOSE, $MF_DISABLED) | Out-Null
[Win32.NativeMethods]::EnableWindow($hwnd, 0) | Out-Null

Write-Host "Disabled!" -ForegroundColor Red 
sleep 5

#Enable X Button
[Win32.NativeMethods]::EnableMenuItem($hMenu, $SC_CLOSE, $MF_ENABLED) | Out-Null
[Win32.NativeMethods]::EnableWindow($hwnd, 1) | Out-Null

Write-Host "Enabled!" -ForegroundColor Green
sleep 2

Information Technology addict since Windows 3.11, I specialised myself on Cloud technologies. I did not forget my development skills in Scripting (Powershell) and Web (PHP,CSS,HTML,Javascript). I love sharing my knowledge and help companies in their cloud journey. Feel free to contact me.