Remove internet explorer shortcuts for new user profile

Posted on 2009-04-27
Last Modified: 2013-12-08

We are deploying a new terminal server / citrix environment to the users (2008 64bit) after redirecting the start menu with a GPO and removing the "All Users" integration the users only see the items on the start menu which we give them.

However, when a new user logs on for the first time (does not have an existing roaming profile) Internet explorer decides to infect the start menu with the following icons

Programs \ Internet Explorer
Programs \ Internet Explorer (64-bit)
Programs \ Accessories \ System Tools \ Internet Explorer  (No Add-ons)

I've tried everything I can think of to get stop this, but have failed.

- We have reset the "Default" profile to one that didnt have these icons
- We have cleared the "Default" user start menu
- We've even tried to set the "IsInstalled" to 0 on several ActiveSetup registry keys, this did remove one of the icons but were stuck getting rid of the others

Nothing is in the RunOnce or Run registry keys, this is something strange that IE is doing for the first time when a new user logs on.

Any tips ?
Question by:Aeropars
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    Accepted Solution

    IE Active setup creates IE desktop and start menu icons. Use following procedure to bypass active setup for new user.

    Here is the procedure.
    -Open registry and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components
    -Search for sub registry key which has "C:\WINNT\system32\ie4uinit.exe -BaseSettings" command. Eg sub key: {89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383}
    -Now open HKCU registry of a user, go to SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components and search for sub regkey {89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383} and export it
    -Import {89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383}.reg file to default user profile

    Let me know if you need any help.

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    Was this ever resolved?  I have the identical problem.  I don't want those internet shortcuts showing up every time in the user's profile. The above comment by "deshaw" (Chandu) didn't help me at all.

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