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Windows 7 Hidden  and operating system files - preventing access

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My Computer Organize>Folder
Is it possible to prevent standard users (as opposed to admins) from selecting Organize>Folder and search options>View>Show Hidden Files and Operating System files in My Computer

I have been told by our server team that it isn't possible using Group policy - is there a potential registry edit i can use ?

We are using Windows 2008 R2 server and Windows 7 Pro

I have embedded a jpeg in order to show exactly what i would like to prevent beinf accessed.

Thanks
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Question by:Simples
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by:uniqueinfotech
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You can set the registry setting here:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/Advanced/Folder/Hidden

and set CheckedValue to 0.

You can use GPO to implement any registry setting:
http://www.unidesk.com/blog/gpos-set-custom-registry-entries-virtual-desktops-disabling-machine-password
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by:Jason Watkins
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You could try a GPO to hide the folder options applet from the Control Panel and to take away the File menu in Windows explorer. It is a rather blunt approach, but disconnects the users from that functionality.
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Wait... There is a specific GPO object for removing folder options from the Tools menu. Check out

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer
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by:McKnife
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Simply set it via registry (gpp) and afterwards modify the ACL of that regkey (via gpo).
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