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How do I disable the Windows Start button from working in Windows 2000?

Posted on 2005-04-27
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Last Modified: 2011-09-20
Anyone know how to disable the functionality of the Windows Start button in Windows 2000 Pro?
Question by:Jesse003
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You can usse local or group policy to restrict the use of the start button.

If this is a workgroup comptuer then you would use local policy: go to start-run-gpedit.msc

The settings you want are under:

user config- admin templates- start menu and taskbar

NOTE: You will probably want to exclude the local admin group from being able to read the policy so that this setting won't apply to them


In a domain, you would do the same thing, but use group policy instead of local policy.

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ID: 13880165
Is there any way that you know of to completely remove the start button?
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2hype earned 300 total points
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If you are on a domain you could do the following.  You could do it to the local computer (gpedit.msc) but you would lock yourself out as well.

If your in a domain you can configure the start menu through the group Policy.  Just redirect the Start Menu and Programs Directory to a Blank Directory.

Tell Group Policy to remove things like my documents, my computer, my recent docs, etc from the start menu

when the click on the start menu it should be empty
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"You could do it to the local computer (gpedit.msc) but you would lock yourself out as well."

I explained how to do it local while excluding admins from reading the policy so it doesn't look the admin(s) out. :)
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I don't know of a way to completely remove it.  You can pretty much remove everything from the start menu and lock it down, but I don't know how or if you can actually remove the button itself.
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luv2smile earned 1200 total points
ID: 13884825
Well I did a simple google search and found this:


Note:  I've never used this software so I can't vouch for it....

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