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Local Group Policy to hide drives from Explore

Posted on 2011-09-29
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I have Windows XP computers that are not part of a domain so I use local group policy to hide the C: drive from My Computer. User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Explorer and enabling “Hide these specified drives in My Computer”. That hides the drives from My Computer which is what I want but the user can still Right click on the Start button and choose Explore and can see the C: drive. Is there a way to hide the C: drive from Explore or remove the Explore from the Right click menu?
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Disable context menu for taskbar
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc939412.aspx

The policy you are using is not a catch all (been a while since I have used it). This might be a bit extreme, just depends on how bad you need it....
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Disable Context menu
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc960644.aspx

For the WHOLE System, not just the Taskbar....
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They do need to right click in at least one application so hopefully there is another option
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First one might be enough then.....
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I didn't see the first one but I am wating to hear if that will work for the users.

I am still wondering if there is a policy to remove it from the Explore. It seems odd that I can do it in My Comptuer and not in Explore. It almost sounds like the orginal setting I set should hide from both here is the explination "Removes the icons representing selected hard drives from My Computer and Windows Explorer. Also, the drive letters representing the selected drives do not appear in the standard Open dialog box."

It says My Comptuer and Windows Explorer. Is the Explore not Windows Explorer?
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Yes it is. My experience with that policy is that it is flaky at best..... Especially when an app uses thier own Common Dialog....
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