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Best way to deploy .reg files with Group Policy

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I am currently trying to disable Internet Connection Wizard with a reg file I created with help from http://www.winnetmag.com/Article/ArticleID/16323/16323.html. What would be the best practices to deploy it?

I tried to make a GPO with the reg file as a startup script in
Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Scripts\Startup
but when W2k starts on a workstation, it always asks the user something like "Do you want to import the registry file [...]?" so that's out of the question.

I could also do a startup batch file that loads the script with "regedit /s <file>.reg" but the reg file would have to be on the workstation locally, right? I would also have to copy it from the server by mapping the server share to a network drive and so on..

I think there must be a better way to do this?
Alternative ways to disable ICW (with users still able to connect Internet with the default settings) are also welcome.
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by:msavin
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Hi
  If you are already using group policies there is an option in there to disable ICW
it is located in user Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Internet Explorer


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by:murhu
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msavin,

Yes, there is an Administrative Template, but it doesn't only disable ICW, it also prevents the user from using the Internet. I enabled it and now if I click IE icon on desktop, W2k opens a dialog "Access Denied - You are restricted from running the Internet Connection Wizard. Contact your Network Administrator for more information." and the user can't browse the web.
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msavin earned 125 total points
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Hi
  I am using it in my ofice no problems, what else did you enable ? i also set up all the internet settings using user configuration - windows settings - internet explorer maintenance
the problem you may of had was that internet explorer did not know how to access the internt eg proxy settings etc



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by:murhu
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msavin,

Thanks! It started working after I completed the wizard in GPO
through User Conf/Windows Settings/IE Maintenance/Connection/Connection Settings.
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