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How to prvent users from adding/removing icons/folders on their desktop

Posted on 2004-08-19
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We have a CNC computer that the user keeps deleting their icons and folders on the desktop. This needs to be a local computer policy fix, because we don't have it connected to the network. Any idea's? It's on W2K pro. Thanks.
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by:Pete Long
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Hi diglife,
[Start] [Run] [Regedit]
Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below.
Data Type: REG_DWORD (Dword Value) // Value Name: NoSaveSettings
Setting for Value Data: [0 = Disabled / 1 = Enabled]
Exit Registry and Reboot

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by:Yan_west
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Yes, go ro Run, and type gpedit.msc

go on user configuration, or computer configuration for the whole computer,

then open administrative templates, and browse through all the settings in there.. there are alot of interesting ones, like remove icons from desktop, remove access to
control pannel, etc.. etc..
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by:diglife
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Tried the reg. tweak you submitted Pete on my machine....could not get it to work. Went back to make sure that I had it entered correctly. Looked good....moved some folders and shortcuts to the recycle bin and then rebooted....did not work.....?
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Pete Long earned 500 total points
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ok find every instance of ntuser.dat
and rename them all to ntuser.man
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by:Yan_west
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you can do the same using gpedit.msc btw..

you go to administrative templates, go to desktop,  and enable "don't save settings at exit"...
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by:diglife
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Tried renaming to .man, still no good....tried the gpedit.msc enable "don't save settings at exit"...still won't work....do I need to enable active desktop to make these work? Thanks.....
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by:wtrmk74
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did you reboot after you created the GPO
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