Does windows (in this case XP but other server 2003/08) have any shortcuts to acheive being able to run , i.e. the run button that used to be on the start menu but here is hidden via group policy? And a shortcut to shut down a system? If so can you share the key combo's?
As a general comment if you hide the run command (admin templates > remove run from start menu) on the start menu is it no longer useable?
And finally why (what security benefits) does enabling via GP the setting:
"hide my network places icon on desktop" ?