Remove add or remove programs icon from the control panel by GPO

Posted on 2011-10-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
hi every one
i have SBS2008 and few workstations and there OSs  XP and Vista and 7 , i am trying to restrict users from accessing add or remove icon in XP and the programs and Features in Vista and 7 by creating a GPO in SBS 2008 to hide those icons , i tryed but Unfortunately Failed , you think can help ?

many thanks in advance
Question by:Engamt
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    Accepted Solution

    How is it you are restricting them?

    Have you tried removing the items from the control panel?  See here:

     Hide Control Panel Items
    You have to list all the items you want to restrict by name, like "Programs and Features" for Windows 7 or "Add/Remove Programs" for Windows XP.  It has to match word for word, and it is case sensitive.
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    Expert Comment

    If you have done the above, and it still "doesn't work", go to the target machine and run GPRESULT /V - it will show you all policies which the machine is getting and applying.

    Machines have to be in the domain in order to be governed by policies.  It's not enough that users authenticate to the domain from standalone machines - they will not get the policies.

    Author Comment

    MR.LesterClayton thanks for you answer and the problem solved although there was another problem i created by linking the GPO to the PCs OU while the GP i am trying to apply is a User Based configuration but the GPRESULT /V  helped me to figure out the problem , thank you very much

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