How to hide the menu bar in windows explorer using group policies

Posted on 2011-04-27
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have a Windows 2003 SBS with a mixture of clients Windows Xp and Vista configured in a domain.  I'm trying to restrict a certain group of users to only be able to navigate 1 folder.  The users are restricted through group policies from accessing anything except an application via shortcuts on their desktop everything else is hidden or restricted.  The application they use has access to a mapped drive N:\ with multiple folders.  The requirement has recently changed for me to give access to a folder within the N:\ drive without restricting access to the rest of N drive.  I created a shortcut in their manadatory profile pointing to this folder. I have tried customising the standard toolbar in Windows explorer to remove the up one level button and have just left the back button available.  Can only hide the file menu from the menu bar, i need to remove it completely from Windows explorer is this possible, have seen some references to playing with registry keys on the individual pcs but would be last resort.
Question by:eisenbud
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    You have to set proper filesystem access permissions firsthand.

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    That's the problem, i can't restrict them from the other folder in the levels above as this would impair how their Kodak application works that they need access in.  This is just for a particular scanning job that is not as per normal and can't be accessed through the Kodak application.  The Kodak application restricts the users from doing what they want in the folder structure.  For the time being i have worked a fix around by mapping the particular folder to a drive letter, creating a shortcut to that mapping on the desktop and hiding all my drives on the pc.  Which has had the desired effect but would be nice to know how to hide the menu bar in explorer via group policy.

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