Remove "Programs" menu option from classic start menu in XP


R

Ralph Malph

I am using the old classic start menu. I need to remove the "Programs" menu
option for a specific user on their start menu. I actually need to remove ALL
options except "Shutdown" and "Restart" from the users start menu. I have
gotten rid of all but the "Programs" option. How can I do this in the
registry?

I know I can use settings like...

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

NoSetFolders Dword =1

to remove the "Settings" menu option.

What I need is the equivalent setting for the "Programs" menu option.

This is to be done for this user only. When done all they will be able to do
is run program from desktop shortcut and shutdown/restart the PC, NOTHING
ELSE. (To bad MS did not have the common sense to provide a user class that
makes this simple. Guess they figured no one would want a PC where the user
can only run one program like in a Kiosk or some setting like that. Maybe in
Windows 7 common sense will start to creep into Windows)

Thanks for all the help,

Ralph Malph
 
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Malke

Ralph said:
I am using the old classic start menu. I need to remove the "Programs"
menu option for a specific user on their start menu. I actually need to
remove ALL options except "Shutdown" and "Restart" from the users start
menu. I have gotten rid of all but the "Programs" option. How can I do
this in the registry?

I know I can use settings like...

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

NoSetFolders Dword =1

to remove the "Settings" menu option.

What I need is the equivalent setting for the "Programs" menu option.

This is to be done for this user only. When done all they will be able to
do is run program from desktop shortcut and shutdown/restart the PC,
NOTHING ELSE. (To bad MS did not have the common sense to provide a user
class that makes this simple. Guess they figured no one would want a PC
where the user can only run one program like in a Kiosk or some setting
like that. Maybe in Windows 7 common sense will start to creep into
Windows)

Actually there are plenty of ways to limit what users can do, so your
comments about "common sense" are way off - it is rather that *you* don't
know how to do it. And you don't really do this with a "user class".

Since you forgot to tell us what version of XP you're running and whether
this is a domain member or Workgroup machine, I'll give you several
options:

If you have XP Pro or Media Center, you can use Group Policy to set local
restrictions (gpedit.msc). Be very careful using the Group Policy editor;
it is completely possible to lock yourself out. Questions about group
policy should be posted here:

microsoft.public.windows.group_policy

If the machine is a domain member, obviously you set the policy restrictions
on the server side. Setting up different user groups and/or OUs is
extremely helpful in forcing restrictions on specific users and not others.

Depending on your setup, another option is to run the Mystery Program on the
server and use the workstations as thin clients.

If you have XP Home, you don't have the built-in ability to create
fine-grained limitations, so use either MVP Doug Knox's Security Console or
the MS SteadyState program to set the restrictions the way you want.

http://www.dougknox.com
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sharedaccess/default.mspx
More on SteadyState: http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=27570
SteadyState support -
http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsToolsandUtilities/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=1660&SiteID=69

So now you have a number of ways to do what you thought didn't exist.

Malke
 
K

Kelly

Also: See line 154 (right hand side):
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

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ju.c said:
Policy settings for the Start menu in Windows XP
http://discuss.itacumens.com/index.php?topic=35754.0


ju.c


Ralph Malph said:
I am using the old classic start menu. I need to remove the "Programs"
menu option for a specific user on their start menu. I actually need to
remove ALL options except "Shutdown" and "Restart" from the users start
menu. I have gotten rid of all but the "Programs" option. How can I do
this in the registry? I know I can use settings like...

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

NoSetFolders Dword =1 to remove the "Settings" menu option. What I need
is the equivalent setting for the "Programs" menu option.

This is to be done for this user only. When done all they will be able to
do is run program from desktop shortcut and shutdown/restart the PC,
NOTHING ELSE. (To bad MS did not have the common sense to provide a user
class that makes this simple. Guess they figured no one would want a PC
where the user can only run one program like in a Kiosk or some setting
like that. Maybe in Windows 7 common sense will start to creep into
Windows)

Thanks for all the help,

Ralph Malph
 
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ghislain.nebra

I have
gotten rid of all but the "Programs" option. How can I do this in the
registry?


Hello

I have exactly the same problem. Did you find a solution ?
(It seems to be possible without using the classic start menu. But
using it, I can't get rid of this "programs" entry)
 

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