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Remove "Libraries" from SaveAs/Open Dialog Box in Server 2008 R2 via Group Policy?

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We have a school with a 2008 R2 server and Windows 7 workstations. When students go to save a document, they tend to click on the "documents" under the libraries section. This ends up saving the document to the local machine. Many of the student computers have deep freeze on them so as soon as they reboot, their work is gone. I've tried searching Google for registry keys and other hacks to remove this. The only thing I have had any success with is removing/hiding libraries from Windows Explorer. The problem though is it doesn't remove it completely from the Save As/ Open menu. I need some way to either hide it from the Save As window or redirect it to their personal "Z" network drives. Can anyone help with this?
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If you just want to remove them from view but not disable them, look at this walk through.

http://www.petri.co.il/remove-libraries-and-favorites-from-windows-explorer.htm

For a pre-packaged registry script to disable them completely or just to remove them but not disable them, try this script:

http://www.askvg.com/how-to-disable-libraries-feature-in-windows-7/

WARNING!  When you download a REG hack, make SURE you look at it first and know what it is doing before you actually import it.

Justin
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The first link was the same thing I was trying before that didn't completely remove it. The second link seemed to have worked on my test machine but I still need to play around with this to make sure it's totally gone. I would still love a way to push this out to 200+ computers without having to run a reg key on all of them one at a time. That can be a bit time consuming but if it's the only solution, then it is what it is.

Thanks so far
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You have the option of using GPO to affect a registry change:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727154.aspx#EBAA

This is a good walkthrough using GPO.  If you go earlier in the article you will see other methods of distributing across a network as well.

Cheers,

Justin
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The second link did the trick. Thanks
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Glad that solved it for you!
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