Removing Startmenu Games Windows 7 by GPO

i tried to remove the games from the windows 7 start menu. Activated userconfig\policies\administrativetemplates\startmenu and taskbar\menu entry games remove from startmenu. Applied this GPO to the Windows 7 OU but i still see the games entry???

Can anyone help?
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Hi SKExpert,

Just to make sure we're on the same page, the User Configuration >  Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Remove Games link from Start Menu policy removes the shortcut/link shown on the Start Menu (Figure 1, attached) and not the Games folder within Start > All Programs (Figure 2).

If you are indeed having trouble with the first scenario (Games link), use rsop.msc or gpresult from the CLI to make sure that the policy setting is being applied. If not, restart the workstation or use gpupdate /force and check again for successful policy inheritance.

If the second scenario (Games folder) is what you're after, you'll need to:

A) Use a script or other method to uninstall the games in batch, then disable access to Programs and Features so they cannot be reinstalled by users
(See as a starting point; will need to be adapted for Windows 7)
B) Use Software Restriction Policies via GPO
1. Set up restrictions for each game in User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Don't run specified Windows applications.
2. Enable the option, then a dialog box will appear where you add the .exe files by path for each.

Hope this helps (or at least gets you started)!


Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
SKExpertAuthor Commented:

thanks for your answer! I would like to remove your second scenario i don't have games on the right side above computer... So there is no preconfigured way to remove this entry and the games?

Kind Regards Jens
Oops! I wanted to clarify scenario B from above.

B) Use Software Restriction Policies via GPO
1. Set up  restrictions for each game in Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Software Restriction Policies
2.  Right-click Additional Rules > New Path Rule...
3. Specify path to each game where access should be restricted.
4. Repeat steps above for each successive game restriction, as needed.

Apologies for the duplicate response!
Hi Jens,

Unfortunately there's no easy/built-in way to remove the All Programs > Games folder, since this is controlled on each individual workstation based on which games/programs are actually installed. The only solution I'm aware of (based on both my own personal experience and research) is to run an install script to forcibly remove these from each workstation upon login, or to leave them in place but restrict users' ability to execute/launch them.

Sorry I don't have an easier answer ... or rather that Microsoft doesn't provide this functionality out-of-the-box.  :)
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows 7

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.