customizing pinned programms list via Group Policy (or other)

Posted on 2009-04-27
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I'm stuck and I hope someone can help.

I need to customize the pinned programs list on the start menu on XP pro machines for my users.  This needs to be done automatically when they login and I have about 5 different user groups all requiring different shortcuts.

What I have done so far is to copy shortcuts to the pinned programs list manualle, then exported the appropriate registry keys and then import them using a logon script.  This works, except for one major flaw, the new configuration doesn't show up until the user logs in the second time. How can I have these changes take effect immediately?

One more little thing, I'm not familiar with writing scripts and I need to get this going for now and will worry about scripting once evryone else is being productive :)  I can deal wtih a batch file or two though.
Question by:janoli
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    by:Erik Pitti
    Check out Group Policy Preferences (you'll need a Vista client with RSAT installed or a Windows 2008 server to run the new GPMC which supports it).  You can do so much more with group policy including setting arbitrary registry settings.
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    Sorry, forgot links:

    Group Policy Preferences: Getting Started

    Download details: Group Policy Preferences Overview

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    Thanks for the tip, however it still seems to take a restart of re-login for the registry setting to take effect.  Any ideas?

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