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Customize All Programs Menu

I'm trying to customize the Start > All Programs menu in Windows Server 2008 R2.  I have already deleted all Program folders in the Default User, but I am still getting icons for IE, IE (x64), Accessories>System Tools>IE with no add-ons.  Where are these icons coming from and how can I ensure that users do not get them? RDS2008.tiff
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ShareefHuddleCommented:
Got -  C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
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wkcarlsonAuthor Commented:
Well, I've gone there and there are numerous Program File shortcuts there, but it doesn't appear to be getting the IE related ones from there.  See the following screen shot of the same path. Next.tiff
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PenguinNCommented:
You could use folder redirection in your GPO's if you like to do this for specific users. This is a lot easier to configure.
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wkcarlsonAuthor Commented:
I was using folder redirection, but as of 2008 R2 I'm now using Group Policy Preferences to add the necessary short-cuts based on group membership.  Folder redirection is another way to accomplish this, but I'd like to stick with the GPP implementation.  

I did discover that the IE shortcuts are coming straight from the user's personal profile located at 'ProfileName'\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.  So these shortcuts are being dropped in when the user profile is getting created.  I want to prevent this from happening.
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wkcarlsonAuthor Commented:
Thanks to Darren Long in the Citrix forums I was able to find a solution to my issue.  It's irritating that Microsoft makes things like this and setting the Default Search Provider so difficult in RDS.

Delete the following to prevent the 64bit shortcuts from being created:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\>{26923b43-4d38-484f-9b9e-de460746276c}

Delete the following to prevent the 32bit shortcuts from being created:
HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\>{26923b43-4d38-484f-9b9e-de460746276c}

To recap, this prevents the default compliment of IE shortcuts from being created when a User Profile is first built in Server 2008 R2.  If you already have the icons in your profiles you can either get rid of them with a batch script or manually by cleaning out the User Profiles by hand.
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wkcarlsonAuthor Commented:
How to prevent Internet Explorer default icons in RDS 2008.
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