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Remove Help from Windows Explorer....

Remove Help from Windows Explorer....

(OP)
Anyone know of a way; Reg/GPO or otherwise to achieve this?


Thanks in anticipation


Chris

ChrisCj21
MCSE, A+, N+

RE: Remove Help from Windows Explorer....

Copy the below with your mouse:

Quote:

Windows Registry Editor 5.00
;
; Remove Help & Support access in Windows XP

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\TypeLib\{FC7D9E00-3F9E-11D3-93C0-00C04F72DAF7}\1.0\0\win32]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\PCHealth\\HelpCtr\\Binaries\\HelpCtr.exe\\1"

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\TypeLib\{FC7D9E00-3F9E-11D3-93C0-00C04F72DAF7}\1.0\HELPDIR]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\PCHealth\\HelpCtr\\Binaries\\HelpCtr.exe\\"

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\TypeLib\{FC7D9000-3F9E-11D3-93C0-00C04F72DAF7}\1.0\0\win32]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\PCHealth\\HelpCtr\\Binaries\\HelpCtr.exe\\2"

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\TypeLib\{FC7D9000-3F9E-11D3-93C0-00C04F72DAF7}\1.0\HELPDIR]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\PCHealth\\HelpCtr\\Binaries\\HelpCtr.exe\\"

; end copying on this line


Open notepad and paste the above.  Do a File, Save as, help_and_support_remove.reg

Double click the file to merge with your registry.  You can use this in logon scripts:

regedit /s help_and_support_remove.reg


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Users Helping Users

RE: Remove Help from Windows Explorer....

(OP)
Many thanks for this post BCastner...

Rather than using the "-HKLM" approach, do you know of any way I could perform this using a .adm file.  By this i mean configuring the values as opposed to reversing the current setting (which is what I understand the "-" achieves).


Thanks again


Chris


ChrisCj21
MCSE, A+, N+

RE: Remove Help from Windows Explorer....

The "-" does not reverse the setting.  It deletes the key.

The keys are not Boolean values; they indicate file paths.  These do not admit themselves very well to the .ADM structure.

To reverse the changes you ask Regedit to write new values:

Quote:


Windows Registry Editor 5.00
;
; Restore Help & Support access in Windows XP

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\TypeLib\{FC7D9E00-3F9E-11D3-93C0-00C04F72DAF7}\1.0\0\win32]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\PCHealth\\HelpCtr\\Binaries\\HelpCtr.exe\\1"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\TypeLib\{FC7D9E00-3F9E-11D3-93C0-00C04F72DAF7}\1.0\HELPDIR]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\PCHealth\\HelpCtr\\Binaries\\HelpCtr.exe\\"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\TypeLib\{FC7D9000-3F9E-11D3-93C0-00C04F72DAF7}\1.0\0\win32]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\PCHealth\\HelpCtr\\Binaries\\HelpCtr.exe\\2"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\TypeLib\{FC7D9000-3F9E-11D3-93C0-00C04F72DAF7}\1.0\HELPDIR]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\PCHealth\\HelpCtr\\Binaries\\HelpCtr.exe\\"

; end copying on this line


The way to push either of these changes is through the logon script:

You can use this in logon scripts:
regedit /s Name_of_help_and_support_file.reg

Or there are other ways to distribute the changes:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnw2kmag01/html/DistributingRegistryChanges.asp





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Users Helping Users

RE: Remove Help from Windows Explorer....

(OP)
Thanks BCastner for your help...

Final question - your tweak is great for removing access to help and support from Explorer but is there anyway I can remove "Help" in it's entirity from the Explorer menu?

My main reason for this is to remove the "is this copy of windows legal" from the help menu - removing it totally would be excellent!

ChrisCj21
MCSE, A+, N+

RE: Remove Help from Windows Explorer....

I do not know how to edit that Explorer toolband.  I know where it is:

Go to the following Registry key:
 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
 
For Windows Explorer: In the right pane, locate the Explorer sub-key and open it.  In the right pane, locate the ITBarLayout value.  This Binary value is what you would need to edit.  I have no idea how.

If you Google 'windows explorer toolband utility' you might find something;  there are a lot of utilities for IE for doing exactly what you intend.

Best wishes.

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