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Remove Internet Explorer Pinned and Start menu shortcuts for All Users?

Posted on 2014-04-11
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In Windows 7, I'm trying to get an image going. I'm not using Sysprep or anything yet. Jus trying to build before capturing. However, problem is, Internet Explorer shortcut re-appearing as pinned on taskbar, and as a Program shortcut in Start > All Progams for users who login.

I've tried everything I can as far as deleting known shortcuts from known locations. Yet when I delete a profile and log back on to that profile, or a brand new user, those pesky Internet Explorer shortcut icons re-appear.

Where am I not looking to remove them?

I've deleted from the following locations:

Folders:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\


Registry:
deleting key HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

Taskband here doesn't show up for DefaultUser when I load the ntuser.dat hive in registry however
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Also just a follow up, it appears the "Internet Explorer" auto-creates itself in a new user profile in appdata\roaming\microsoft\internet explorer\quick launch\user pinned\taskbar

Even though I deleted that from the DefaultUser profile directory...
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by:garryshape
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Found the fix.
I'm going to reimage and do it again and report back the solution.
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Solution:

1. Delete everything in C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
2. Delete "[LocalizedFileNames]
Internet Explorer.lnk=@%windir%\System32\ie4uinit.exe,-731" from C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop.ini
3. Delete "StubPath" in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383}, or the one that has LocalizedName value as C:\Windows\System32\ie4uinit.exe -UserConfig
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