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How to hide Devices and Printers on 2008R2 remote desktop server using Group Policy

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I am trying to hide "Devices and Printers" on 2008R2 remote desktop server using Group Policy.

I have followed these instructions below and it still shows up.  However this states that you can hide it from Control Panel - i am trying to hide it from the Start Menu (it shows below the control panel, then I plan on hiding the control panel)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2018577

You can hide Devices and Printers from Control Panel using the supported GPO and then create a folder to view Printers only.
To do this, use the policy “Hide specified control panel items” to remove the Devices and Printers item from the Control Panel window:
 
1.    Edit a GPO.
2.    Navigate to User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Control Panel.
3.    Double-click Hide specified control panel items in the right pane, select Enable, click Show button, and type Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters

I even tried entering the guid {A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A} instead of Microsoft.DeviceAndPrinters

Thank you in advance.
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heres the kicker, over the past 4 months off and on i have been working on locking down a new 2008R2 terminal server (remote desktop server) and somehow I did hide it from the start menu...  Just don't know what I did to do it.
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Really?

If you go to the Task bar Properties then start menu click on customize can you remove the option?
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yes, but i don't want to have to do it for every user I add.

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Somehow I got this to work by changing the "Hide specified Control Panel items" as not configured and Enabling "Show only specified Control Panel Items" and I added "Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters."    I believe the "Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters."   is not correct so it is hiding all control panel items.
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Not sure if this solution is accurate.
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