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How to remove Windows Explorer from Start menu

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In order to keep all users (students in this case) from being able to access the C drive on their network workstations, I would like to remove the Windows Explorer link from the Start Menu. How can I do this? We run Win 98 clients with NT 4.0 server.
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by:CrazyOne
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That won't do much good because the still can open it by

Start > Run explorer

or

Start > Run command
and the run type in
explorer
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by:sunray_2003
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Check this

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;152122

I agree with CO .one other way would be the open windows explorer using windows key + E

If your students are intelligent enough, they can access windows explorer

Sunray
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by:CrazyOne
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Well to really make this work you would need to lock down a lot of things which would require a set of security policy that disallows creating short cuts, disllow the use of explorer or hiding the C drive from explore. disallow the COMMAND prompt from being used etc etc etc.

Like they can still access C drive from the COMMAND prompt even without opening explorer.
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by:Gnart
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There is no security with Win98.  You need to run W2K or XP in order to apply lockdown security settings.

cheers
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by:CrazyOne
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Gnart joehill1 has NT 4.0 server. Don't know if it is on a domain or not and I am not familar with Domain policies but you might be.
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by:joehill1
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Allow me to expound. I am currently using system policies on the NT 4.0 server which is the PDC, so I have locked down the ability for all students to make any shortcuts or system changes. I have disabled the Command prompt and the Run command from the Start Menu, hidden all drives in My Computer and disabled access to all Network Neighborhood drives through System Policies. But all anyone has to do now is click on the Start > Programs, and Windows Explorer is sitting right there. Once that is clicked, there is complete access to that particular client's C: drive.
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CrazyOne earned 250 total points
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Just Delete the shortcut.
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by:CrazyOne
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If you need to do it thourgh a script maybe a login script then

C:\WINDOWS\Start Menu\Programs\Windwos Explorer.lnk
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by:Mikal613
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Highlight the WIndows Explorer in the startmenu and right click it and click delete while holding down shift
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