Removing Startmenu Games Windows 7 by GPO

Hello,
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?
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mark1208Commented:
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 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/203492 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)!
-Mark


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SKExpertAuthor Commented:
Hello,

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
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mark1208Commented:
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!
-Mark
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mark1208Commented:
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.  :)
-Mark
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