System Administrators need Black Coffee

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 29, 2008
Updated • Sep 21, 2017

Black Coffee is probably the number one drink of system administrators throughout the world except maybe in the UK where they drink tea and in France where they drink wine (just joking guys).

Black Coffee is a lightweight tool for system administrators to tweak settings in Windows. It was specifically designed to aid system administrators in modifying Windows settings for local users and administrators.

Black Coffee is an application designed to aid system administrators and advanced users in modifying user and local administrator windows settings. These settings range from Internet Explorer to Disabling Windows Shutdown. Black Coffee can only change settings if your on an administrator account, limited users will be unable to change settings, although they can view the settings.

The software program can be run by system administrators and users of the system. Users may only look at the settings but do not have rights to change them. The program is divided into the three main categories Computer, Current User and IE.

Most of the program consists of checkboxes that enable or disable certain options. The computer category lists a few interesting options like disabling the ability to shutdown Windows, disabling Windows hotkeys or to always install applications with elevated privileges.

The tool for system administrators and advanced users is compatible to all Windows NT operating systems from Windows 2000 to Windows Vista.

Black Coffee certainly offers some nice helpful settings especially if you consider that it currently is offered in version 0.2 beta. One to look out for.

Update: A free version of Black Coffee is no longer provided. The software itself is now commercial and available for about $20 at the developer website. New features have been added to the program, including support for Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 7 and its server pendant Windows Server 2008 R2.

New features have also been added which include keylogging, url blocking and an administrator password to protect the software from unauthorized access.

Many of the features of Black Coffee are also available in other tweaking software. Take a look at applications like Gigatweaker or our Windows 7 Tweaks Software Overview for applications that fit the bill.

Update 2: The developer website is no longer available. This means that Black Coffee downloads are not available anymore, and that you cannot purchase the full version even if you'd come across a download. We suggest you use one of the other programs mentioned in the previous paragraph.

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  1. Tim said on November 29, 2009 at 6:35 am

    This desktop security software would be great for local system administrators. And now there is Black Coffee 1.0 which has more features. Excellent find!

  2. Martin said on August 30, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    gpo is the way to go

  3. Transcontinental said on August 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    This is interesting, when the comment surpasses it’s object! – Frenchman in France I do drink wine, but I’m not an administrator! – Well indeed coffee is known to be such a companion of intellectual effort (tea is better for body effort!) that it even gets to be spilled on the desk!
    Coffee, black, no milk no sugar (except for breakfast)

  4. Rarst said on August 29, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I never understood cofee… :)

    On app – one more tweaker. They are merely collections of registry values put in single interface. Not much value.

  5. Steve said on August 29, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    being an Englishman in Texas I guess I’m all kinda messed up with what I drink :) though I should point out the English drink ‘Tea’ as ‘Tee’ is what you use in golf

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