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I am running a Win 2k3 Domain with all the clients being WinXP SP2. I have enabled a GPO to force a HTML page with links on it for the Desktop and I have locked the desktop down where the users are not able to add anything to the desktop. The HTML page works for launching the applications from the links.

I want to hide all of the Icons on the Desktop. If I enable the "Hide and Disable all items on the Desktop" setting then it does hide all the Icons, BUT then the Active Desktop HTML page goes away. I need to restrict that from happening.

I have also tested to manually remove the icons from the desktop. When I remove them all the HTML page goes away. If I leave at least one icon on the desktop the HTML page stays there.

How can I hide all of the Icons on the desktop and still have the HTML page stay there for the users to access there programs. (The users will not be able to use the Start Menu at all. it will only allow them to "log off" of the computer)
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by:DenisCooper
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i'd suggest instead of using it as the desktop, you run IE in kiosk mode.

You want to use this command iexplore -k www.microsoft.com  (where the url is the page you want to display)

then in a gpo applied to the users, configure the following setting:

user policy > admin templates > system > custom user interface

just put in the iexplorer - k

regards,
denis
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by:Crashmph
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I thought about using the Kiosk (-k) mode of IE, but the users could still close the window and then they would not be able to start any of their applications. The users also have to be able to see the TASK BAR so that they can swap between the applications. (I know that I could tell the users to use alt+tab but seriously they are users, NEED I SAY MORE) it has to be the desktop.
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by:DenisCooper
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you cant close the window in kiosk mode, and with other GPO's you can disable the other functions to allow only the accesibility you want. Shame about having to use the taskbar - will have a look through some gpo's and see what i can come up with...
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by:Crashmph
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You can close the kiosk mode IE window. Pressing the [ALT] + [F4] closes the window.
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by:DenisCooper
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not if its run as the shell though as it replaces the desktop.....if it closes they won't get anything....i'll have a look at the gpo's now and see what i can find...
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Cool Thanks.
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