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Remove Start menu button from Windows 7

Posted on 2011-03-06
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Is there a GPO for this? Want it removed, not just empty.
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You can't remove the start button
(so say MS - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Customize-the-Start-menu)

There are some 3rd party utilities that do this,
http://www.askvg.com/start-killer-remove-start-button-from-windows-taskbar/

but you will find the start menu can still be accessed by pressing the Windows key, or they can kill the app using the icon in the system tray.
I guess you could then disable the Windows key though - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216893
but then there is always Ctrl-Esc still !
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Out of curiosity -  why do you want to remove it?
if we know the reason, maybe we can find another solution
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nobus,
This is one of several Online Public Access Computers (OPAC) that is used in a library to access the library's catalog database. These PCs ONLY launch a special web browser via a desktop shortcut. Users have no access to anything else nor can they log off, shutdown or restart the PC. So even if all the program menus are removed via a GPO, the Windows start button and empty menu remain. There is no need for them and it looks stupid to have and empty start menu.

scottyworld,
Yes, that is why it would be best that the Start menu and button be removed. It doesn't seem possible at the moment.
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We used to have exactly the same situation on the public library terminals in London. We tried several solutions to lock down/configure the PCs, but in the end just settled for leaving the Start button there(as there was no practical way to remove it) with nothing on it except for the browser we wanted to run (just in case it crashed and closed itself)

The desktop was also clear, as we put the browser shortcut into the run line, so as soon as the PC was started up it would run the program. It was also set to log on automatically, just in case anyone thought it would be funny to restart the PC!
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nobus,
Registry edit does not  work with Win 7 - start menu still visible. Other work arounds are not what the client wants, they want the button gone! :)

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Looks like there is not way to really remove the start button with bullt in Windows controls. The Library may have to just live with it.
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Just show the library the link I gave you in my first post.
If they see that MS say it cannot be done, then it will not reflect badly on you !
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you can always use steady state, to restore the pc's to the same state, everytime they're booted
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Looks like there is not way to really remove the start button with bullt in Windows controls. The Library may have to just live with it.
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