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Lock Desktop Items
Very simple, but I have looked everywhere; I would like a reg key which simply enables the 'Lock Desktop Items' so I can push this out to our workstations... However I cannot find anything under;

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

Even GPO has no option to enable this, currently it's a manual process then after it's enabled I can lock it down by GPO.

Regards,
M
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by:Plantwiz
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It could be done by creating a shortcut file (.lnk files) and copy to a network share.  Point the startup script below to that location.

copy \\myserver\share\myapp.lnk %allusersprofile%\desktop /y

Or VBScript or something could work as well, but involves a bit more.
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by:Excel
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This is also the same if a user 'right-clicks' on a desktop and selects 'Arrange Icons By' Lock Web Items on Desktop... Does anyone know how to enforce this as default via GPO or Registry?

Right-Click on Desktop
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by:Plantwiz
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You may wish to have this keyed to get the coding folks involved if you want something more specific, they may miss this thread as it is only under WXP and AD.   Just a thought.
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by:Excel
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Guys please note, this is not an issue with icons....

We have a wallpaper as an 'Active Desktop' which I am trying to lock, so users cannot 'Minimize' by scrolling to the top of the screen and using the pull down bar.

As the above setting was not ticked when creating the profile (lock web items) I just need a reg key which enables this option; then I can push this out to our clients...

Come on guys, someone must know the solution?
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by:Govvy
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Run WinInternals tools regmon to determine which regkey gets set when you set the option on a single machine...
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by:Excel
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Now everyone is posting info I already know...

You have to carry out a test to understand, here is a simple picture below... I just want the bar to be gone and it does when you enable 'Lock Desktop Items'...

Now I just need to know which key in the registry enables/disables this feature?

 Disabled Mode
 Enabled Mode
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by:scraby
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I exported the entire registry then checked the lock desktop items box and exported the registry again.  ran windiff.exe (from xp sp2 support tools http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/confirmation.aspx?displaylang=en&Hash=8BPDXDF&id=18546)

and found quite a few differences but not any one particular key that stood out.  you might do the same and see if that gets you anywhere.
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By using 'Blue Project Software - SysTracer' I managed to export the registry, carry out the task and cross reference the changes. Turns out the registry key I needed was this;

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components]
"GeneralFlags"=dword:00000002


Thank you for 'Scraby' who pointed me towards a registry tool which can cross reference changes.

Regards,
Michael Caldecott
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by:Excel
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Because my answer is the solution...
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This has been resolved...
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by:scraby
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good work, i downloaded and check again with systracer.  windiff.exe does not have the same functionality of systracer. good tool to keep in the arsenal.
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