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Hiding RUN and FIND lines of Start Menu

Dear Experts:

It's a well-known fact that we can hide RUN and FIND lines of the START MENU using MS Policy Editor (poledit.exe). But, I wonder exactly what changes POLEDIT does to the Registry and whether it is possible to hide/unhide RUN and FIND manually, by editing the Registry. Unfortunately, my Registry file is of enormous size, ans I failed to trace the changes in question.

Your help would be highly appreciated.
Respectfully,
PP
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ppdanila
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ppdanila
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bchewCommented:
Check these keys:

Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer      VALUENAME "NoRun"            VALUENAME "NoFind"

Bert
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1cellCommented:
here's the info you want.  instead of translating it to this page, just check out the link below

http://www.regedit.com/Security/Explorer/
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bchewCommented:
PS.  If the values don't exist, create them as "Hex Values" and set the value to 1 to remove the items, 0 (or just delete the value) to put them back on Start.

Bert
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dew_associatesCommented:
ppdanila, here's a step by step for you.

1. Start Regedit

2.Go to

HKEY_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

3.There should already be at least an Explorer key

NOTE: Additional keys that can be created under Policies are System, Network and WinOldApp, you can then add DWORD values set to 1 in the appropriate keys.

4. In the left window, right click on the word policies and then select NEW, then DWORD Value.

5. In the small box type in the following:

NoRun

and then touch enter.

6. Now in the right window, right click on the entry you just made "NoRun" and then choose modify.

A small window will open showing a default to 0 (zero). Change this to 1 and then click OK.

No repeat this process, substituting NoFind for NoRun.

Dennis



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bchewCommented:
Actually it should be in:
Hkey_Local_Machine, NOT Hkey_Current_User.  Else, all someone would need to do is log in as a new user to bypass it :o)

Bert.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Bert, I agree with you as far as security implementation is concerned, but the question PP posed was, "It's a well-known fact that we can hide RUN and FIND lines of the START MENU using MS Policy Editor (poledit.exe). But, I wonder exactly what changes POLEDIT does to the Registry and whether it is possible to hide/unhide RUN and FIND manually, by editing the Registry."
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bchewCommented:
Yes, and it is possible to hide/unhide RUN and FIND by editing the registry under EITHER HKLM or HKCU.  I was only suggesting it would be more secure, if you were going to do it manually anyway, to do it under HKLM.

Bert
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ppdanilaAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much, everybody.
I don't know why but this time I had NO
e-mail notification as to comments or answers whatsoever.

Anyway, thank you very much and All the Best,
PP

Dennis's answer is accepted as the most detailed one (for lamer users like me)
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dew_associatesCommented:
Thanks PP!
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