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Altering the Start Menu

Altering the Start Menu

Altering the Start Menu

We have a PC on which someone has altered the Start Menu so that all it now shows is the "Shutdown" and "Settings" options.  Does anyone know how this was done?




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RE: Altering the Start Menu

All users or just under that person's ID?  Sounds like they were farting around in the registry in their system settings or policies area.  One place to look:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
Value Name   Default  
 Desktop     %USERPROFILE%\Desktop  
 NetHood     %USERPROFILE%\NetHood  
 Programs    %USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs  
 Start Menu  %USERPROFILE%\Start Menu  
 Startup     %USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup  

Here's a tip fro www.jsiinc.com:
1241 ยป Still more on Locking down the desktop.
In tip 0050 and its' links, we discussed Explorer and System settings for locking down the desktop.
Here are a few more Value Names that work if IE 4.01, SP1 Active Desktop or greater is installed. All are type REG_DWORD values. A data value of 0 is off and a data value of 1 is on. Use regedt32 to navigate to:


NoDesktopUpdate      - Prevents placing new shortcuts on the desktop?

NoFolderOptions       - Removes the Folder Options menu item from the Settings menu.

NoFavoritesMenu      - Removes the Favorites folder from the Start menu.

NoRecentDocsMenu - Removes the Documents command from the Start menu.

NoSetActiveDesktop - Remove the Active Desktop item from the Settings menu.

I refuse to install Active Desktop, so I can't test these entries.

These would be the first two areas I would look at.


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