Windows XP Customization

Most of the following customizations work on Win2K also, but I’m not anymore sure which do and which don’t.

Enable-Disable Task Manager

Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Key: Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ System
Name: DisableTaskMgr
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1 = Enable this key, that is DISABLE Task Manager
Value: 0 = Disable this key, that is Don’t Disable = ENABLE Task Manager

Customization of Start Menu

Except when noted, all of these registry settings are under the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer

The registry entries are DWORD values. A value of 1 is enabled, and a value of 0 is disabled.

Add/Remove items in Start menu

Policy: Remove frequent programs list from the Start Menu
Description: Removes the frequently-used programs list from the Start menu.
Registry Value: “NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList”

Policy: Remove More Programs list from the Start menu
Description: Removes the More Programs list from the Start menu.
Registry Value: “NoStartMenuMorePrograms”

Policy: Remove common program groups from Start Menu
Description: Removes items in the All Users profile from the More Programs list on the Start menu.
Registry Value: “NoCommonGroups”

Policy: Disable and remove links to Windows Update
Description: Removes the Windows Update link from the More Programs list in Start menu, from the Tools menu in IE, and blocks user access to windowsupdate.Microsoft.com.
Registry Value: “NoWindowsUpdate”

Policy: Remove user folders from the Start Menu
Description: Removes all user-specific folders except My Documents (My Pictures, My Music, Favorites, and Recent Documents) from the Start menu. Also removes the corresponding checkboxes from the Start menu customization CPL.
Registry Value: This is a combination of the following: “NoStartMenuMyMusic”, “NoSMMyPictures”, “NoFavoritesMenu”, “NoRecentDocsMenu”

Policy: Remove My Documents folder from the Start Menu
Description
: Removes My Documents folder from the Start menu and corresponding checkbox from the Start menu customization CPL.
Registry Value: “NoSMMyDocs”

Policy: Remove Recent Documents item from Start Menu
Description: Removes the Recent Documents folder from the Start menu. Also removes the corresponding checkbox from the Start menu customization CPL.
Registry Value: “NoRecentDocsMenu”

Policy: Remove Favorites item from Start Menu
Description: Prevents users from adding the Favorites item to the Start menu. Also removes the corresponding checkbox from the Start menu customization CPL.
Registry Value: “NoFavoritesMenu”

Policy: Remove My Computer from the Start Menu
Description: Removes the My Computer item from the Start Menu and the corresponding checkbox from the Start menu customization CPL.
Registry Value: “{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}” under HKCU\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ NonEnum.

Policy: Remove Network Connections from the Start Menu
Description: Removes the Network Connections item from the Start menu and the corresponding checkbox from the Start menu customization CPL.
Registry Value: “NoNetworkConnections”

Policy: Remove pinned programs list from the Start menu
Description: Removes the pinned programs list from the Start menu. Also removes the Internet and E-mail checkboxes from the Start menu customization CPL.
Registry Value: “NoStartMenuPinnedList”

Policy: Remove Network Places from the Start Menu
Description: Removes the Network Places item from the Start menu and the corresponding checkbox from the Start menu customization CPL.
Registry Value: “NoStartMenuNetworkPlaces”

Policy: Remove Help item from Start Menu
Description: Removes the Help item from the Start menu, but does not disable Help files from running.
Registry Value: “NoSMHelp”

Policy: Remove Search item from Start Menu
Description: Removes the Search item from the Start menu and disables some Windows Explorer search elements.
Registry Value: “NoFind”

Policy: Remove Run item from Start Menu
Description: Removes the ability to execute programs from the Run option on the Start menu, Task Manager, or by pressing Winkey + R. Also removes the corresponding checkbox from the Start menu customization CPL.
Registry Value: “NoRun”

Policy: Force Logoff to the Start Menu
Description: Forces the Logoff button to the Start menu and prevents users from removing the Logoff option from the Start menu.
Registry Value: “ForceStartMenuLogoff”

Policy: Disable Logoff on the Start Menu
Description: Removes the “Logoff” button from the Start menu and prevents users from adding the Logoff button to the Start menu.
Registry Value: “StartMenuLogoff”

Policy: Disable and remove the Turn Off Computer button
Description: Removes the “Turn Off Computer” button from the Start Menu andprevents shutting down Windows using the standard shutdown user interface.
Registry Value: “NoClose”

Policy: Disable and remove the Undock PC command
Description: Removes the “Undock PC” button from the Start Menu and prevents undocking of the PC (laptop).
Registry Value: “NoStartMenuEjectPC”

Start menu look-and-feel

Policy: Disable the new simple Start Menu
Description: Disables the new simple Start menu and forces the classic Start menu.
Registry Value: “NoSimpleStartMenu”

Policy: Gray unavailable Windows Installer programs Start Menu shortcuts
Description: Displays partially installed programs in gray text on the Start menu.
Registry Value: “GreyMSIAds”

Policy: Prohibit user from changing user folder paths
Description: Prevents users from changing the path to the My Pictures, My Music, Favorites, and Recent Documents folders.
Registry Value: “DisableMyPicturesDirChange”, “DisableMyMusicDirChange”, “DisableFavoritesDirChange”.

Policy: Prohibit user from changing My Documents path
Description: Prevents users from changing the path to the My Documents folder.
Registry Value: “DisablePersonalDirChange”

Policy: Maximum number of recent documents
Description: Specifies the number of shortcuts displayed on the Recent Documents submenu.
This policy exist under the following location in Group Policy: User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components
Registry Value: “MaxRecentDocs”

Policy: Clear history of recent documents on exit
Description: Deletes all shortcuts shown in the Recent Documents menu when the user logs off.
Registry Value: “ClearRecentDocsOnExit”

Policy: Do not add shares of recently used documents to Network Places
Description: Remote shared folders are not added to Network Places wheneveryou open a document in the shared folder.
Registry Value: “NoRecentDocsNetHood”

Policy: Add “Run in Separate Memory Space” check box to Run dialog box
Description: Allows 16-bit programs to run in a dedicated Virtual DOS Machine (VDM) process.
Registry Value: “MemCheckBoxInRunDlg”

Policy: Do not use the search-based method when resolving shell shortcuts
Description: Prevents the system from conducting a comprehensive search of the target drive to resolve a shortcut.
Registry Value: “NoResolveSearch”

Policy: Do not use the tracking-based method when resolving shell shortcuts
Description: Prevents the system from using NTFS features to resolve a shortcut.
Registry Value: “NoResolveTrack”

Policy: Disable drag-and-drop menus on the Start Menu
Description: Prevents users from modifying the Start menu by dragging and dropping items. Other methods of customizing the Start menu are still enabled.
Registry Value: “NoChangeStartMenu”

Policy: Disable changes to Taskbar and Start Menu settings
Description: Removes the Taskbar & Start Menu item from the Control Panel, and removes the Properties item from the Start menu (and button) context menu.
Registry Value: “NoSetTaskbar”

Policy: Disable user tracking
Description: Prevents the system from remembering the programs run, paths followed, and documents used.
Registry Value: “NoInstrumentation”

Policy: Remove user name from Start Menu
Description: Removes the user name from the Start menu.
Registry Value: “NoUserNameInStartMenu”

4 responses to “Windows XP Customization

  1. Thanks. 🙂

    Yeah, the post is long, I guess I should reorganize the post into some sections, plus to make what-is-what more to stand out; since all of the “tweaks” are in similar category, I don’t think it can be split in any reasonable fashion.

    -edit: changed the layout of the post – split the “Start menu” section in 2 logical subsections, and made what-is-what descriptions in bold; hope it improves the post at least a bit.

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