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Group Policy:  Hide all desktop icon and add IE shortcut

Posted on 2012-04-11
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Hi All,


I want to setup a PC in our canteen.  All it needs is internet access.

How can i hide all the desktop icon and ensure IE icon is present?


Ideally this needs to be a user policy that can apply to Windows 7 and XP.

Thanks
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Use GPO to redirect the desktop to a share
 change the share permissions to Read-only
When redirecting, redirect all users to the same location and ensure the option 'Grant user exclusive rights to <folder>' is unchecked
Add only the IE shortcut to this folder


http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_26672987.html
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You can set Group Policy settings to hide desktop icons. The policies listed in Table 8.1 are located in the Group Policy snap-in under Local Computer Policy\User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Desktop.


Group Policy Setting
 

Description
 
Hide all icons on Desktop
 

Removes all menus, folders, and icons from the desktop.


Hide My Documents icon on desktop
 

Removes the My Documents icon from the desktop. Note: The My Documents folder cannot be deleted.
See also the Start and Programs Menus section later in this chapter for the Remove Documents menu from Start Menu Group Policy setting.
 

Hide My Network Places icon on desktop
 

Removes the My Network Places icon from the desktop.
 

Hide Internet Explorer icon on desktop
 

Removes the Internet Explorer icon from the desktop.
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Use a GPO to "Hide and disable all items on the desktop" You can clear out all the start menu items and only deploy an IE shortcut to a menu you create through Group Policy Preferences (if on server 08) make sure to load the XP Group Policy Preferences
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Redirect worked a treat.
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