I am making a custom Windows 7 image for my organization and am fine-tuning things. The part I'm stuck on is after I finish running sysprep, Windows has the default program suite loaded into the Start Menu (under the pinned apps). I would prefer to have this section blank (as I have it in the Admin profile prior to sysprep) and ready for a fresh user.
It's easy enough to reset them manually via the GUI in the Start Menu properties, but I am looking for a scriptable solution that I can run as an automated post sysprep tool.
This was a lot easier in XP, since I just had to delete files from a particular folder, but that doesn't seem to be the case any longer. I can't find the contents of the Start Menu MRU stuff anywhere. Hidden system folders, user AppData folders, registry settings... nothing. I even ran Process Explorer to scan things while I manually removed a program by right clicking it and selecting "Remove from this list". It came back with an ungodly amount of registry queries in unique oddball strings.
Any help would be appreciated. Configuring the Default Profile in Windows 7 has proven to be a nightmare and a half in terms of really digging in and fine-tuning it without allowing sysprep to reset certain things like the Taskbar, etc. It's nice they have the feature of Start Menu and Taskbar links in AIK, but that doesn't seem to address the things you DON'T want there.